An Astypalea Adventure

During the winters between 1882 and 1890, the intrepid explorers Theodore and Mabel Bent left their home and opulent lifestyle in London’s fashionable West End to meander around the Greek islands and the Turkish coast in search of adventure in the exotic Levant.

In March 1886, the couple visited Astypalea and stayed for 10 days. Their writings represent a unique record of Astypalean life, customs and beliefs at a time when the island was still under the control of the Turkish Ottoman empire and normal life was developing after the scourge of the piracy of previous centuries.

This ebook is a digitised edition of the contemporary magazine article he wrote for the March 1887 edition of The Gentleman’s Magazine entitled ‘ASTYPALÆA‘.

Theodore wrote about their adventures in the islands of the Cyclades in his best-selling book ‘The Cyclades or Life Among the Insular Greeks’.

World Enough, and Time: The Travel Chronicles of Mrs J Theodore Bent Volume I: Greece and the Levantine Littoral You can read more about Theodore and Mabel Bent at the official Bent Archive website The website also contains details of their books and writings, including Mabel’s diaries providing a more informal narrative to their Astypalea adventure.

The e-book edition of Theodore Bent’s article copyright ©2019 inAid Ltd and Alan King