REVIEW The Morning Star: The Life and Times of Lady Hester Stanhope
FREE DOWNLOAD Î The Morning Star: The Life and Times of Lady Hester Stanhope å The dramatic story of Lady Hester Stanhope a wilful beauty turned bohemian adventurer who left England as a young woman unashamedly enjoyed a string of lovers and established her own exotic fiefdom in the Lebanese mountains wheAs in the Middle East however that she found her destiny As the greatest female traveller of her age she was the first western woman to cross the Syrian desert where she was hailed by the Bedouin as their 'Star of the Morning' From her labyrinthine fortress in the mountains of Lebanon where she established what amounted to her own fiefdom she exerted a canny influence over the region's devious politicsHers was a life of adventure and intrigue yet in the years following her death her remarkable story has been largely dismissed reworked by the Victorians into a cautionary tale for young women with wayward tendencies This captivating biograph.
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Y drawing on fresh research from three continents resurrects Hester as the complex courageous and fearless woman she was bringing to life her hidden loves friendships and ambitions More than a mere traveller here was a woman whose aspirations led her straight to the heart of the shadowy race for influence between the great powers of the nineteenth century a world of shifting alliances double agents romance intrigue and murder Above all Lady Hester Stanhope was a woman driven by her desire to make a mark on the world whose search for love and spiritual meaning in a war torn Middle East provide an illuminating and moving parallel for our tim. A fascinating portrait of an aristocratic woman who lived ahead of her times in Britain and mostly in the Middle East Lebanon The biography is meticulously researched amazing photographs and brings to life Lady Hester in all her eccentric glory
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The Morning Star The Life and Times of Lady Hester StanhopeThe dramatic story of Lady Hester Stanhope a wilful beauty turned bohemian adventurer who left England as a young woman unashamedly enjoyed a string of lovers and established her own exotic fiefdom in the Lebanese mountains where she died in 1839 Ambitious daring and uncompromising Lady Hester Stanhope was never cut out for a conventional life Born into an illustrious political dynasty she played society hostess for her uncle William Pitt the Younger After his death she struck out for unchartered territory setting sail with her lover for the Mediterranean and Constantinople turning her back on England as events would transpire forever It w. In an era when women were still seen as property to be passed from father to husband upon marriage with very little recourse for independence or freedom Lady Hester Stanhope chosen another path She dared to be different Granddaughter of the famous Pitt the Elder adored niece of Pitt the Younger she was headstrong and wilful from a very young age and never altered or deviated from that in all her years She never married had numerous lovers may well have given birth to or aborted a number of illegitimate children nothing proven travelled the world with a younger man as her lover for many years before settling down in the Middle East and becoming a respected and mystical figure among the tribes of the Druze Bedouin and othersIt's uite a life especially when you compare it to contemporary women of her era like Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire or Lady Worsley scandalous figures in their own right but still operating very much within the conventions of the day and controlled for better or worse by the men in their lives In comparison Hester reminds me in many ways of Jane Digby a woman who led a similar rebellious life travelling the world taking lovers as she pleased falling in love with the Middle East and the Bedouin way of life It's a shame their paths never crossed Jane didn't venture into the Middle East until some fifteen years after Hester's death as I think they would have been kindred spirits Either that or they would have hated each otherI imagine a character like Hester would be a difficult subject for a biographer to capture she must have been a woman of incredible charisma and strength of mind to continue to attract younger men well into her sixties to charm Middle Eastern sheikhs to venture alone into dangerous bandit infested mountain regions to remain in her own small fiefdom whilst a civil war raged around her But Kirsten Ellis does her justice capturing all the remarkable aspects of her personalities both good and bad I think Hester must have been an easy woman to admire but a difficult woman to like Ellis manages to portray both sides of her personality here with real flair and talentAs far as I can tell this is the first straight historical biography Ellis has written the other titles to her name being travel guides I hope it's not the last