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Lady Mary Wortley MontaguComet of the Enlightenment$
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Isobel Grundy

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198187653

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187653.001.0001

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February–May 1717: Adrianople: ‘not so unpolish'd as we represent them’ 1

February–May 1717: Adrianople: ‘not so unpolish'd as we represent them’ 1

(p.134) 9 February–May 1717: Adrianople: ‘not so unpolish'd as we represent them’1
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Isobel Grundy

Oxford University Press

On the threshold of the unknown there was no looking back. Lady Mary's immediate concern was that the two private armies should part without any quarrel arising between them. Having struggled through deep snow to Belgrade with their twenty waggons and 500 janizaries, they found they were still not safe from quarrels. Here they heard the true story of the fate of the previous bassa, cut to pieces by the scimitars of a tumultuous mob, in the presence indeed of the religious judges, the Cadi and Mufti, but before those dignitaries had time to pass sentence. But there were compensations. The house where they were billeted, one of the finest in Belgrade, belonged to an Islamic effendi: a gentleman scholar, learned and free-thinking, a lover of wine, poetry, and studious retirement. Lady Mary calls him Achmet-Beg; she found him a kindred spirit, like Conti.

Keywords:   Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, women writers, Adrianopole, Achment-Beg

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