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Victorian Women visiting the Pyramids John Theakstone

Victorian Women visiting the Pyramids

John Theakstone

Published In English class=bookCoverImage itemprop=image src=http://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/photo.goodreads.com/nophoto/book/111x148._SX87_SY87_.png title=Victorian And Edwardian Women Travellers
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Egypt’s pyramids - one of the wonders of the world - have attracted visits for centuries. The great age of tourism was the nineteenth century during which for the first time women gained the freedom to roam. Only then did women start to visit theMoreEgypt’s pyramids - one of the wonders of the world - have attracted visits for centuries. The great age of tourism was the nineteenth century during which for the first time women gained the freedom to roam. Only then did women start to visit the pyramids and write about them. How did such women react to what they saw? Did they take the opportunity of climbing the Great Pyramid (now forbidden) or of exploring its interior?Here for the first time is brought together what eighty women (mostly British or American) wrote about the experience of a lifetime. How did they climb in those voluminous dresses? How did they react to the pulling and pushing to get them to the top? How did they cope with claustrophobic experience of penetrating into the very heart of the pyramid?The women came from very different backgrounds: the young and the old, the firm and the infirm, the writers who travelled and the travellers who wrote, women accompanying husbands to or from India, world travellers and those with eyes set only on the Middle East, the middle class whose horizons were extended by Thomas Cook, the British aristocracy with time on their hands and the Americans keen to let the folks at home learn of how they did it.Each one reacted in an individual and interesting way. Theirs is a story which resonates today as it did more than a century ago.