by Regina Salomea Pilsztynowa
edited by Wladyslaw Roczniak
Iter Press, 2020
eISBN: 978-1-64959-005-3 | Paper: 978-1-64959-004-6
Library of Congress Classification DR425.P5513 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 914.70409033

In her never-finished My Life’s Travels and Adventures, the eighteenth-century Polish doctor Regina Salomea Pilsztynowa plays a myriad of roles, including child bride, wife, mother, lover, adventuress, slave trader, writer, and home-taught physician. She successfully carved out a viable niche for herself, navigating the multicultural, multiethnic, and varied religious environment of Europe’s eastern periphery. Despite limited expectations for female professionals, she became a highly sought after and well-respected practitioner of the medical arts and rose to the position of court physician to Turkish pashas and Hungarian princes, and even to Sultan Mustafa III. My Life’s Travels and Adventures—part memoir, part autobiography, and part travelogue—provides a view into eighteenth-century social, professional, and gender interactions and weaves a rich narrative replete with vignettes of love, travel, and popular superstitions important to our historical, ethnographic, and religious understanding of the era.

This edition brings the entirety of this personal and idiosyncratic memoir to English for the first time.

See other books on: Adventures | Balkan Peninsula | Europe, Eastern | Poland | Turkey
See other titles from Iter Press