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A 'Furious Sappho'

It is not without a good degree of irony that even now many readers familiar with the name of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu are as likely to associate her with Alexander Pope’s caricature as ‘Sappho’ in several of his satirical poems than know, in any real detail, the works that he was so keen to ridicule. 710 kata lagi

The Turkish Embassy Letters

I came across this fascinating collection of letters when, ahead of a holiday to Istanbul, I ventured into the wonderful Daunt Books on Cheapside to see what insight they had to offer on Turkey. 552 kata lagi

Books About Places

London’s great names: Kitcat Terrace and Clotworthy Skeffington | thestreetnames

Originally posted on thestreetnames

I’ve been reading up on some of the fascinating people who, in one way or another, have contributed something to my knowledge of London streets. 112 kata lagi

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Sing, gentle maid -- reform my breast,

A poem testifying to the healing and soothing powers of song and music, by Lady Mary Montagu. She is feeling down for some reason, and the sound of a young lady singing cheers her up. 127 kata lagi

Lady Mary Wortley Montague and the Turkish baths

I am reading a biography of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu by Isobel Grundy. It is the most detailed and academic biography I’ve ever read, filled with footnotes and references.   347 kata lagi

Historical Fiction

Perfect correspondences

Enlightenment Correspondences, a two-day colloquium, took place last June at Ertegun House in Oxford. The organisers want to share a brief summary of the findings of a dream group of epistolary scholars as a thank you. 1.080 kata lagi


Between your sheets you soundly sleep

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu is probably better known for her letters from Istanbul, where her husband was Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire in the early 1700s, and for campaigning for childhood smallpox vaccination, than she was for her poetry. 353 kata lagi