DESERT QUEEN; LADY HESTER STANHOPE (SCANDALOUS WOMEN)
In this wonderful short book, author Anna Myers looks at the colorful life of the extraordinary bohemian adventuress Lady Hester Stanhope.
Lady Hester lived in England until the age of about 34 when she set off traveling and fell in love with the Middle East. While en route to Egypt she was shipwrecked, and lost all her clothes. Unable to purchase European clothes she adopted a male version of Turkish dress. This, made her a bit of a ’cause celeb’ in the Middle East, and also that she rode horseback into Damascus without a veil, an unthinkable thing to do at the time. In fact, many of the things Lady Hester did were unthinkable at the time, which is what made her such a colorful character.
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