Margaret Cavendish

“Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland”, Also know as Margaret Harley, Oil on canvas portrait, painted by Christian Friedrich Zincke, 1738. Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was born in Essex in 1623, the youngest of eight children. Although not titled, her [...]

Sarah Kemble Knight

Sarah Kemble Knight was born in 1666 in Boston. She is remembered in particular for her five month journey from Boston to New Haven in Connecticut in 1704. She did the journey on horseback, something unknown for a woman at that time, to “settle the estate of her cousin”, on behalf of his widow. [...]

Flora Sandes

Flora Sandes was the only British woman officially to serve as a soldier in World War I. Initially a St. John Ambulance volunteer, she travelled to Serbia, where she enrolled in the Serbian army. Flora was the daughter of a Suffolk rector but was set on becoming a soldier; spending her childhood [...]

Dorothy Lawrence

There are a number of women who have disguised themselves as men in order to serve as soldiers. It would be easy to think that this was a feature of early yeras and one which would be unheard of in a modern army however Dorothy Lawrence was an English reporter who secretly posed as a man to become [...]

Jane Digby

Jane Digby was an English aristocrat who lived a wild and scandalous life with four husbands, many lovers and died as the wife of an Arab Sheikh. Jane was born in Dorset, daughter of Admiral Henry Digby who founded the family fortune when he seized a Spanish treasure ship. Admiral Nelson’s [...]

Queen Zenobia

Zenobia was a 3rd-century Queen of the Palmyra who led a revolt against the Roman Empire. She claimed descent from Cleopatra and the Ptolemies and her mother may have been Egyptian. Zenobia became the wife of Odaenathus, king and ruler of the Roman colony of Palmyra in present-day Syria, and [...]
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