Crimea Through The Eyes Of Travelers How Elizabeth Craven Saw The Peninsula In 1786

At the end of the 18th century, shortly after the Russian conquest, Crimea seemed to many Europeans to be an uncharted land inhabited by barbarians. This is how Elizabeth Craven, a writer, composer, adventurer and the second British citizen after William Tuck from who visited these lands, saw the peninsula. Elizabeth Craven described her travels in a series of letters to her lover, Alexander, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, which were later published as a separate book entitled “A journey through the Crimea to Constantinople” in 1789. Controversial , full of narcissism and colonial disdain for the local inhabitants, these notes are nevertheless of considerable interest.
Based on materials from the article by N. Khrapunov and N. Ginkut “The Visit of a Noble Lady: Elizabeth Craven and her Account of the Crimea.”