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Stanhope, Lady Hester Lucy,

1776–1839, English traveler. Leaving England in 1810, she traveled in the Levant, adopting Eastern male dress and a religion that was a composite of Christianity and Islam. She finally settled among the DruzeDruze
or Druse
, religious community of Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan, with important overseas branches in the Americas and Australia. The religious leadership prefers the name Muwahhidun (Unitarians).
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 of the Lebanon Mts. in an abandoned convent that she rebuilt and fortified. The indigenous population regarded her as a prophetess, as, in time, she came to regard herself; she incited them to resist an Egyptian invasion (1831) of Syria. European travelers, including A. M. L. de Lamartine and A. W. Kinglake, wrote accounts of their visits to her. Her personal physician, C. L. Meryon, recorded her life in Memoirs of the Lady Hester Stanhope (3 vol., 1845) and in Travels of Lady Hester Stanhope (3 vol., 1846).
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Amelia is named after two of her mum's favourite explorers, Amelia Earhart and Lady Hester Stanhope, who were both bold and amazing women.
I can see why in the 19th Century Lady Hester Stanhope never left, why some of the British citizens I met a few weeks ago in Achrafieh stayed throughout the 1980s, and why many of the Embassy's British employees stay or regularly return.
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I am stuck on Hester Stanhope. Who was this lady who could so easily and with such brutal clarity smash the statue of Ashkelon?
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Margot Norris opens the series of 'risky readings' by looking behind the wings of the action of Ulysses, particularly into the relation with lesbian overtones between Hester Stanhope and Molly Bloom.
For contemporary readers the dress she describes would have aligned her with English travelers to the Orient such as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu or Hester Stanhope. Montagu had several paintings and engravings made of herself in Turkish attire, for instance in the edition of 1837 of her Letters.
Lady Hester Stanhope, on the other hand, lived and traveled in Greece, Turkey, and Jerusalem, often cross-dressing as a man and thereby escaping the European strictures on women in an individualist utopia "essentially androgynous and, ironically, only possible in a patriarchal and despotic environment" (146).
Picasso admired her, James Joyce wrote her into Ulysses, and Byron--who actually met her--scorned her as "that dangerous thing, a female wit." A bankrupt expatriate and the self-proclaimed 'oracle of the Arabs', Lady Hester Stanhope lived from 1776 to 1839, and crammed more into those decades than most.
The author of numerous biographies, among them lives of Marie Antoinette, Madame Du Barry, Lucrezia Borgia, Catherine the Great, Elizabeth of Austria (The Lonely Empress) and Lady Hester Stanhope, the never-married Haslip was now in her early eighties.