Julia Pardoe

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Julia Pardoe (4 December 1806 – 26 November 1862), was an English poet, novelist, historian and traveller.

Julia Pardoe
Julia Pardoe book frontispiece with her signature at the bottom.

Life and writings[edit]

She was born at Beverley, Yorkshire, and showed an early interest in literature. She became a prolific and versatile writer, producing lively and well-written novels, many books on travel, and other volumes dealing with historical subjects. She was a keen observer, and her travel to the East gave her an accurate and deep knowledge of the peoples and manners there.

To modern readers, Pardoe is probably best known for her travel books on Turkey, which are some of the earliest works about the area by a woman. In 1836, she travelled to Constantinople with her father, Major Thomas Pardoe. This voyage inspired her book The City of the Sultan (1836). Later she collaborated with the artist William Henry Bartlett to produce The Beauties of the Bosphorus (1839), an illustrated account of Constantinople.


  • The City of the Sultan (1836)
  • Romance of the Harem
  • Thousand and One Days
  • Louis XIV. and the Court of France
  • Court of Francis I.
  • Lord Morcar of Hereward (1829)
  • Speculation (1834)
  • Traits and Traditions of Portugal. Collected during a residence in that country (1834)
  • The Mardens and the Daventrys (1835)
  • The River and the Desert; or Recollections of the Rhine and the Chartreuse (1838)
  • The Beauties of the Bosphorus (1839)
  • The City of the Magyar or Hungary and its Institutions (1840)
  • The Hungarian Castle (1842)
  • Confessions of a Pretty Woman (1846)
  • The Jealous Wife (1847)
  • The Rival Beauties (1848)
  • Flies in Amber (1850)
  • The Life and Memoirs of Marie de Medici, Queen and Regent of France (1852)
  • Reginald Lyle (1854)
  • Lady Arabella, or The Adventures of a Doll (1856)
  • Abroad and at Home: Tales Here and There (1857)
  • Pilgrimages in Paris (1857)
  • The Poor Relations (1858)
  • Episodes of French History during the Consulate and the First Empire (1859)
  • The Rich Relation (1862)

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons. Wikisource 

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