Albania's Mountain Queen: Edith Durham and the Balkans

Albania's Mountain Queen: Edith Durham and the Balkans

by Marcus Tanner


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Albania's Mountain Queen: Edith Durham and the Balkans by Marcus Tanner

Young ladies in the Victorian and Edwardian eras were not expected to travel unaccompanied, and certainly not to the remote corners of Southeast Europe, then part of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. But Edith Durham was no ordinary lady. In 1900, at the age of 37, Durham set sail for the Balkans for the first time, a trip which changed the course of her life. Her experiences kindled a profound love of the region which saw her return frequently in the following decades. She became a confidante of the King of Montenegro, ran a hospital in Macedonia and, following the outbreak of the First Balkan War in 1912, became one of the world's first female war correspondents. Her popularity in the region earned her the affectionate title 'Queen of the Mountains' and she is fondly remembered in Albania until this day. Marcus Tanner here tells the fascinating story of Durham's relationship with the Balkans, painting a vivid portrait of a remarkable, if sometimes formidable, woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780768199
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 04/24/2014
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Marcus Tanner is an author and journalist, specializing in Central and Eastern Europe. He was The Independent's Balkan correspondent from 1988 to 1994 and was subsequently Assistant Foreign Editor. He is the author of Croatia: A Nation Forged in War; The Raven King: Matthias Corvinus and the Fate of His Lost Library; The Last of the Celts; Ireland's Holy Wars: The Struggle for a Nation's Soul 1500-2000 and Ticket to Latvia: A Journey from Berlin to the Baltic.

Table of Contents

1. 'Balkan Tangle'
2. 'The other end of nowhere'
3. 'My golden sisters of Macedonia'
4. 'God sent you to save us'
5. 'A fine old specimen'
6. The Great Mountain Land
7. 'They never all rise in a lump'
8. 'Boom – our big gun rang out'
9. 'He is a Blighter'
10. 'It has been a long journey'
11. 'Albanians will never forget'
12. 'He is a Blighter'
13. 'It has been a long journey'
14. 'Albanians will never forget'

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