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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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Star of the Morning: The Extraordinary Life of Lady Hester Stanhope. Kirsten Ellis.
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.
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Woolf begins her review of Julia Roundell's 1909 biography of Lady Hester Stanhope with the wry observation: "The writers in the Dictionary of National Biography have a pleasant habit of summing up a life, before they write it, in one word, thus--'Stanhope, Lady Hester Lucy (1770-1839), eccentric'.