Mary Wortley Montagu (1689 – 1762), remembered for her letters from Turkey, as wife to the British ambassador, which have been described by Billie Melman as “the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient”. One of the first europeans to inocculate her children against small pox, despite the attacks from medecins of her time.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) English aristocrat, letter writer, poet; taught herself Latin, a language reserved for men at the time; travelled to the Ottoman Empire, as wife of the British ambassador to Turkey; introduced and advocated smallpox inoculation to Britain after her return from Turkey (1721); wrote about and challenged the limiting contemporary social attitudes towards women’s intellectual and social growth. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Mary_Wortley_Montagu
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, the wife of the English ambassador to Turkey, spent two years in Turkey in the early 1700's. During her stay she wrote many letters decribing the clothing and habits of Turkish women - including a form of innoculation against small pox. In the center, a European painter portrays her in Ottoman dress in 1718.