Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; select passages from...

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; select passages from...

Project MUSE - Lord Byron, Literary Detective: The Recovery of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Long-Lost Venetian Letters

Project MUSE - Lord Byron, Literary Detective: The Recovery of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Long-Lost Venetian Letters

Turkish-inspired gown - Portrait of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu by Jean Baptiste Vanmour

Turkish-inspired gown - Portrait of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu by Jean Baptiste Vanmour

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, notable for her letters, particularly those describing her time spent in Turkey, the first secular account of its kind by a woman.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, notable for her letters, particularly those describing her time spent in Turkey, the first secular account of its kind by a woman.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, the wife of the English ambassador to Turkey, spent two years in Turkey in the early 1700's. During her stay she wrote many letters decribing the clothing and habits of Turkish women - including a form of innoculation against small pox. In the center, a European painter portrays her in Ottoman dress in 1718.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, the wife of the English ambassador to Turkey, spent two years in Turkey in the early 1700's. During her stay she wrote many letters decribing the clothing and habits of Turkish women - including a form of innoculation against small pox. In the center, a European painter portrays her in Ottoman dress in 1718.

Famous Authors' Last Words: Although Lady Mary Wortley Montagu spent the majority of her life away from England, she passed away in her home at London.

Famous Authors' Last Words: Although Lady Mary Wortley Montagu spent the majority of her life away from England, she passed away in her home at London.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689 – 1762) was an English aristocrat, letter writer and poet. Lady Mary is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from travels to the Ottoman Empire, as wife to the British ambassador to Turkey, which have been described as "the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient".

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689 – 1762) was an English aristocrat, letter writer and poet. Lady Mary is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from travels to the Ottoman Empire, as wife to the British ambassador to Turkey, which have been described as "the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient".

Portrait of a Lady thought to be Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1689-1762 by George Knapton - the oriental costume is because Mary was living in Constantinople as wife of the British Ambassador, circa 1718

Portrait of a Lady thought to be Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1689-1762 by George Knapton - the oriental costume is because Mary was living in Constantinople as wife of the British Ambassador, circa 1718

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (15 May 1689 – 21 August 1762) was an English aristocrat and writer. Lady Mary is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from Turkey, as wife to the British ambassador, which have been described by Billie Melman as “the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient”.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (15 May 1689 – 21 August 1762) was an English aristocrat and writer. Lady Mary is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from Turkey, as wife to the British ambassador, which have been described by Billie Melman as “the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient”.

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