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Henrietta Liston's Travels – The Turkish Journals, 1812-1820 - Edinburgh Scholarship Online
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Henrietta Liston's Travels: The Turkish Journals, 1812-1820

Patrick Hart, Valerie Kennedy, and Dora Petherbridge


The book is the first print publication of Henrietta Liston’s Turkish Journals, a significant yet virtually unknown work of women’s travel writing. It is composed of the full text of the 1812-1814 journal and some further writings, such a significant 1813 letter from Liston to her nephew, Dick Ramage and extracts from other journals, and these are preceded by an extensive critical introduction. The journals reveal that as the wife of the British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Liston had privileged access to the Ottoman elite and to the diplomatic corps. They reflect on British-Ottoman relat ... More

Keywords: travel writing, journal, Ottoman Empire, British-Ottoman relations, Constantinople, Seraglio, harem, women travellers, diplomatic context, ambassador

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474467353
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474467353.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Hart, editor
Bilkent University

Valerie Kennedy, editor
Bilkent University

Dora Petherbridge, editor
National Library of Scotland

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