Lady Mary Wortley Montague and son (detail) 1717, by Jean-Baptiste van Moor. Lady Mary was instrumental in the popularization and the interest in the ways of the Orient. In 1716 when Edward Wortley Montagu was appointed Ambassador to Constantinopole his wife Mary went withy him. The story of their voyage and her observations of life in the city was described in her letters which were published as "Letters from Turkey".
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu--(baptized 26 May 1689 – 21 August 1762) was an English aristocrat, letter writer and poet. Lady Mary is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from travels to the Ottoman Empire, as wife to the British ambassador to Turkey, which have been described by Billie Melman as "the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient".