Lady Montagu’s Ottoman Empire

In 1716, English aristocrat Montagu joined her husband in Istanbul after he was appointed ambassador. Afriend to Pope and Addison, she used her literary gifts to chronicle her Ottoman Empire stay, observing customs while studying medical techniques that helped bring Turkish smallpox treatments to the West. Here are excerpts from letters contained in the book “Embassy to Constantinople: The Travels of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu”.

 

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