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Lady Hester : queen of the East

Author: Lorna Gibb
Publisher: London : Faber, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Born into the age of revolution, Lady Hester Stanhope had a radical spirit. Following the death of her uncle the Prime Minister William Pitt in 1806, she chose the excitement of travel and adventure over the life of a spinster in polite London society. And she never looked back." "Surviving a terrible shipwreck and the scorn of Lord Byron ('that dangerous thing - a female wit'), Lady Hester adopted male Arabic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Hester Stanhope, Lady; Hester Stanhope, Lady
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lorna Gibb
ISBN: 0571217532 9780571217533
OCLC Number: 60417230
Description: xvi, 268 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Responsibility: Lorna Gibb.

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"Born into the age of revolution, Lady Hester Stanhope had a radical spirit. Following the death of her uncle the Prime Minister William Pitt in 1806, she chose the excitement of travel and adventure over the life of a spinster in polite London society. And she never looked back." "Surviving a terrible shipwreck and the scorn of Lord Byron ('that dangerous thing - a female wit'), Lady Hester adopted male Arabic dress, became the Queen of the Bedouin and was the first European woman ever to enter Palmyra. Recovering from the heartbreak of a passionate love affair, she became a political force in Lebanon. In defiance of despotic war lords she offered sanctuary to an oppressed minority, creating a fortress which became a focus of both gossip and awe." "Based on much new source material and extensive travel in Hester's footsteps, Lady Hester traces the extraordinary life from Downing Street to an isolated monastery in the hills of Lebanon."--BOOK JACKET.

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