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The Turkish Embassy Letters
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The critical and biographical introduction tells of Lady Wortley Montagu's travels through Europe to Turkey in 1716, where her husband had been appointed Ambassador. Her lively letters offer insights into the paradoxical freedoms conferred on Muslim women by the veil, the value of experimental work by Turkish doctors on inoculation, and the beauty of Arab poetry and culture.
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Lady Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) was described by a contemporary, as 'one of the most extraordary shining characters in the world...'. Her newly edited letters tell of her travels through Europe to Turkey in 1716.

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's connections with poets such as Pope, Congreve and Addison and with Whig politicians through her father and husband provide a fascinating base for the correspondence.

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'Her letters have an immediacy and vivacity that remains as fresh as the mosiacs on the ancient monuments she saw and the eastern gardens that gave her such delight.' Anita Desai

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