The Great Mosque of Damascus, 1862. Taken by Francis Bedford, an English photographer who visited the city shortly after the Damascus Massacre.

The Citadel of Damascus in a vintage illustration. The Citadel provided shelter to the people of Damascus during the 1860 massacre.

The Christian Quarter of Damascus after the massacre, 1860.

The Damascus Embassy, though often identified as Jane’s home.

Jane’s grave site in Damascus.


Lady Strangford (nee Emily Beaufort). One of the many travellers to Damascus who wrote of Jane and of Syria.

The Prince of Wales who toured the Middle East in 1862. He met Jane during his travels there.

Emir Abdelkader, hero of the Damascus Massacre and friend to Jane and Medjuel.

A female Bedouin sword dancer. Jane writes of one such dancer in White Lady.

Isabel Burton as a young woman.

Richard Francis Burton, explorer and author. He called Jane, “Out and out the cleverest woman” he had ever met.

A page from Richard Burton’s Arabian NIghts.

Carl Haag’s portraits of Jane and Medjuel el Mezrab. They now hang in the entrance to the Kuwait Museum.


Author: hurstcr60

C.R. Hurst, who taught writing and language at a small college in Pennsylvania for over 25 years, retired early and moved to the North Carolina mountains where she lives with her husband and a black cat named Molly. CR loves the outdoors, reads too much and writes too little. A realist with two feet planted in the 21st century, she nevertheless enjoys escaping into the past with historical fiction.

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