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Monday 26th August
Ruins and Romance: Early Women Travellers in the Middle East
Sue Rollin

Archaeologist, interpreter and lecturer, Sue studied at London University (Institute of Archaeology and SOAS).
Several extraordinary women ventured to the Near East when travelling beyond Europe was still largely a male preserve. Lady Mary Wortley Montague scandalised London society by joining her husband on his posting to Turkey in 1716. Lady Hester Stanhope, the first European woman to
visit Palmyra, left England in 1810 and died 29 years later in the Lebanon. Isabel Burton followed her husband Richard on his missions abroad and immersed herself in his passion for archaeology. Jane Digby’s life was a quest for love – she found fulfilment with an Arab sheikh and is buried in Damascus.

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