Hardinge Simpole

Curious and Amazing Adventures of Maria ter Meetelen; Twelve Years a Slave, The (1731- 43)
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By ter Meetelen, Maria. Introduced by Caroline Stone. Translated by Caroline Stone and Karen Johnson.
ISBN 1843822172
SERIES Travellers in the Wider Levant
Paperback  188 pages
Published 24 September, 2010
UK Price £14.95   
US Price $25.00   

"From the age of thirteen I wandered abroad and at twenty-one I decided to take a little trip across France dressed as a man....." Maria ter Meetelen tells the story of her capture by Barbary pirates and twelve years as a slave at Meknčs in Morocco. Straightforward and with no literary pretensions, her voice comes down the centuries, robust, clear, personal and often surprising: "I do not complain at having been so far across the world, nor of my twelve years of slavery, nor of the suffering the Turks caused me, I can rise above that. But the spitefulness and derision that my husband and I suffered from our fellow-countrymen cannot be forgotten, and is impossible for me to set it down here in writing."

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