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The Additional Memoirs of Lady Hester Stanhope
An Unpublished Historical Account for the years 1819–1820, as recorded by her physician Charles Lewis Meryon

Mark Guscin

Mark Guscin holds a 1st Class Honours Degree in Latin and Greek and a PhD in History. He is the author of various books of popular and academic history, including an award-winning biography of Lady Hester Stanhope written in Spanish, a biography of Sir John Moore (also in Spanish) and various books on religious history.


In 1845 and 1846 Charles Lewis Meryon published the two three-volume sets The Memoirs of the Lady Hester Stanhope and The Travels of the Lady Hester Stanhope, which is still the most important source for the early life and first travels of Lady Hester. Towards the end of his life he wrote the Additional Memoirs for the years 1819–1820, the manuscript of which has lain virtually untouched and unknown for the last 150 years.

The Additional Memoirs were known by previous biographers of Lady Hester –  The Duchess of Cleveland and Lorna Gibb –  but are now edited with an introduction for the first time by Mark Guscin. The text contains contains invaluable and fascinating new information about the life not only of Lady Hester, covering in addition to the period 1819–1820 anecdotes and stories from the rest of her life, but also of Meryon himself, finally solving the mystery behind his lengthy and time-consuming journey back to the Lebanon in 1819 and the reasons why he left Lady Hester again almost immediately upon arrival. Many have speculated on the reasons for this journey and why it came to such an abrupt end, and now Meryon himself tells the whole story in his own words. The Additional Memoirs is essential eye-witness reading for anyone with an interest in nineteenth-century England and Europe, travel in the Middle East, and more specifically, the Stanhope family.

The Memoirs is a companion volume to Mark Guscin’s A very good sort of man: A Life of Dr Charles Lewis Meryon (1783–1877), physician to Lady Hester Stanhope



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400 pp. / 246 x 171 mm
Release Date:
October/November 2017
  Illustrated:   Yes
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£50.00 / $74.95

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