The Turkish Embassy Letters

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Broadview Press, Sep 20, 2012 - Travel - 328 pages

In 1716, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s husband Edward Montagu was appointed British ambassador to the Sublime Porte of the Ottoman Empire. Montagu accompanied her husband to Turkey and wrote an extraordinary series of letters that recorded her experiences as a traveller and her impressions of Ottoman culture and society.

This Broadview edition includes a broad selection of related historical documents on Turkey, women in the Arab world, Islam, and “Oriental” tales written in Europe.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Introduction
11
A Brief Chronology
35
A Note on the Text
41
The Turkish Embassy Letters
43
Front Matter for the 1763 Edition
221
Further Correspondence and Verse Relating to Turkey
225
Reception
245
The Smallpox Inoculation Controversy
253
Turkish Women and the Harem
263
Eastern Tales and Orientalist Fictions
279
Descriptions of Ottoman Governance and Society
293
Accounts of Islam
305
Illustrations
313
Works Cited and Recommended Reading
317
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Teresa Heffernan is Associate Professor of English at St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Daniel O’Quinn is Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.

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