Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
The Lives and Loves of History's Most Notorious Women

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Throughout history women have caused wars, defied the rules, and brought men to their knees. The famous and the infamous, queens, divorcées, actresses, and outlaws have created a ruckus during their lifetimes-turning heads while making waves. Scandalous Women tells the stories of the risk takers who have flouted convention, beaten the odds, and determined the course of world events.

* When Cleopatra (69 BC-30 BC) wasn't bathing in asses' milk, the last pharaoh of the Ptolemaic dynasty ruled Egypt and forged an important political alliance with Rome against her enemies-until her dalliance with Marc Antony turned the empire against her.
* Emilie du Châtelet (1706-1748), a mathematician, physicist, author, and paramour of one of the greatest minds in France, Voltaire, shocked society with her unorthodox lifestyle and intellectual prowess-and became a leader in the study of theoretical physics in France at a time when the sciences were ruled by men.
* Long before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1928) fought to end discrimination and the terrible crime of lynching and helped found the NAACP, but became known as a difficult woman for her refusal to compromise and was largely lost in the annals of history.
* Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) had a passion for archaeology and languages, and left her privileged world behind to become one of the foremost chroniclers of British imperialism in the Middle East, and one of the architects of the modern nation of Iraq.


 

About Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

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Elizabeth Kerri Mahon is the author of the blog Scandalous Women. Mahon is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Victorian Society of America, Romance Writers of America and RWA NYC, where she has served for the past four years as president. She is also a professional actress and has played virgins and vixens in everything from Shaw to Shakespeare.
 
Published March 1, 2011 by Perigee. 319 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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From its opening sentence—"Scandalous Women isn't history, it's herstory," Mahon sets a tone of whimsical accessibility that will be appealing to some and repellent to others.

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From Amorous Artists to Way­ward Wives: A must if you ever want to be on Jeopardy.

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Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History’s Most Notorious Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon is a non-fiction book dedicated to...

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Women from different locations ranging from England to the United States, women from different walks of life whether it be an English queen or a talented physicist, and women with stories make up a great part of history.

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In A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s, award-winning social historian Stephanie Coontz conducts interviews with nearly 200 women (and men) who were affected by Friedan’s book and traces its societal impact, including its influence on issues of ge...

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Elizabeth Kerri Mahon's Scandalous Women is an invaluable resource of women's studies, pulling back the curtain of embellishment (often woven by the woman being studied herself) to reveal the stark (sometimes literally!) truth behind some of the greatest women of history -- from ancient pillars l...

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"Well-Behaved Women don't make History" Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

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Thanks for sharing.I am so grateful to read this such a wonderful post.Concert Tickets.

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"Well-Behaved Women don't make History" Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

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I love being introduced to an author I've not yet met (Sally, in this case!) AND also getting the treat of being introduced to historical people (women in particular) like these sisters who I not had the pleasure of reading anything about yet.

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One employer had, in fact, suggested to Lea's mother that she should place the girls in separate jobs because Christine was a bad influence on Lea.

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Laurie Lee first met Mary Garman and Roy Campbell at Toledo (Spain) in 1935.

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"Well-Behaved Women don't make History" Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

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(I'd probably worry about her, just as Eva sometimes did.) Thanks for being part of the blog tour.

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Irene Dawn Porter was born to play Irene.

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I think that more Americans, both black and white, should know about these remarkable women in US History who took a stand and fought against injustice in an age when women were still expected to be decorative and maybe do a little charity work, but certainly not to take a strong stand.

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"Well-Behaved Women don't make History" Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

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"Well-Behaved Women don't make History" Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

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"Well-Behaved Women don't make History" Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

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"Well-Behaved Women don't make History" Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

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"Well-Behaved Women don't make History" Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

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"Well-Behaved Women don't make History" Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

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After reading journals of women of her inner circle, Natalie was a complex woman, who wanted to spend her life living, seducing, and being a "hedonist" on a purely sapphic lifestyle - no bisexuality.

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I just stumbled upon your blog--it's wonderful!That Hamilton Woman is one of my favorite Vivien leigh films, and I love her and Olivier together in it--well, I just love them together, period.It is actually on DVD in the US.

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I remember reading PEYTON PLACE and Grace Metalious and I remember the Movie starring LANA TURNER, then the TV show.

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In the end, the book itself was not as alluring as the title, but there was a chapter about one of my very favorite Scandalous Women in history (and one Elizabeth just featured here on the blog!), Penelope Rich.

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She was two years old.Elisabeth would be haunted by the death of her first born for the rest of her life and became cold distant towards her other children in order to avoid more pain.Little Sophie's death was a turning point in Elisabeth's life, causing her an entire life of depression and mood ...

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"Well-Behaved Women don't make History" Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

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Would love to read this memoir.I'm already a follower.lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com.

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I made the mistake of seeing the BBC's 4-hour Victoria and Albert a mere few weeks before seeing this film, and came away with an entirely different impression of Young Victoria, which seemed rushed and incomplete by comparison.

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I am always fascinated by women spies, and how much derision is heaped on the backs of those who used their sexuality as a weapon--and yet, the men with whom they slept with are rarely ridiculed.

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I've been drawn to stories about the Tudors since I was a kid and I think the thing that kept me from wanting to read this book before is the awful depiction of Jane in the Phillippa Gregory books.

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Meanwhile, for you Alcott reading binge I recommend the book WORK, which takes its reader (and heroine) through various "careers" open to women in the 19th century.

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It's vampire book yes, but there is love, lust, mystery, suspense...so much more than a twilight book.

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I wrote about her in my book Scandalous Women, and I was lucky enough to spend time at Hever Castle for the first Anne Boleyn Experience tour.

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