Lesley Blanch

Lesley Blanch, MBE, FRSL (6 June 1904, London 7 May 2007, Garavan near Menton, France) was a British author, historian and traveller. She is best known for The Wilder Shores of Love, about Isabel Burton (who married the Arabist and explorer Richard), Jane Digby el-Mezrab (Lady Ellenborough, the society beauty who ended up living in the Syrian desert with a Bedouin chieftain), Aime du Buc de Rivry (a French convent woman captured by pirates and sent to the Sultan’s harem in Istanbul), and Isabelle Eberhardt (a Swiss linguist who felt most comfortable in boy’s clothes and lived among the Arabs in the Sahara).


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