Lady Anne Blunt was a woman ahead of her time. After marrying the poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt in 1869, the pair travelled extensively in the Middle East, developing an especial fondness for the region and its people. In this book, Lisa Lacy explores the life, travels and political ideas of Lady Anne. With a broad knowledge of the Arab world, she challenged prevailing assumptions and, as a result of her aristocratic heritage, exerted strong influence in British political circles. Her extensive journeys in the Mediterranean region, North Africa, Egypt, Arabia, Syria, Iraq and Persia formed the basis of her knowledge about the Middle East. She pursued an intimate knowledge of Bedouin life in Arabia, the town culture of Syria and Mesopotamia and the politics of nationalism in Egypt. Her husband, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, gained a reputation as an anti-imperialist political activist. Lacy shows that Lady Anne was her husband's partner in marriage, politics and travel and exerted strong influence not only on his ideas, but on the ideas of the British political elite of the era.
Lisa McCracken Lacy is a lecturer in the British Empire and Middle East History at Texas Tech University and has served as a visiting professor in Middle East History at Baylor University. Lacy holds a BA and MA from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Churchill Scholar, member of the Junior Fellows and of the British Studies seminar. She is an internationally recognized Arabian horse judge and has written the Arabian horse entry in the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa and co-written the Standard of Excellence, breed standard for the Egyptian Arabian horse.
Introduction 1. Victorian Travellers in the Arab World 2. Lady Anne and Wilfrid's Travels in the East 3. Anne as a Cosmopolitan: Algeria to Aleppo 4. Aleppo to Arabia and India 5. Lady Anne and the Egyptian Revolution 6. Return to England 1882 7. Egyptian Question to Irish Question Conclusion Bibliography Index