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#21 philbass

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 03:09 PM

Here is someone who could be a bit interesting

http://en.wikipedia....ki/Ranavalona_I

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Earlier suggestions of Queen Ranavalona and Lola Montez leads to thinking of them as heroines from the Flashman novels (featured in Flashman's Lady and Royal Flash respectively) and therefore the Rani of Jhansi

https://secure.wikim... ... Lakshmibai

And of course, after Napoleon's victory at Jena-Auerstadt in 1806, there is the woman described as 'The only man in Prussia'

https://secure.wikim... ... g-Strelitz
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Posted 23 July 2011 - 12:15 PM

Amy Dudley, before she had her unfortunatly fatal 'accident' on the stairs...

Speaking of virgin queens... Christina, Queen of Sweden

Elizabeth Siddal - the Pre-Raphelites premier model (and Millais' Ophelia)

and what about Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed the Blood Queen!

*flash of thunder and Hammer style dramatic chords as creepy, bloodstained title appears!*
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Posted 23 July 2011 - 12:29 PM

Agatha Christie
Queen Liliuokalani
Catherine de Medici
"Tokyo Rose" (there were a number of them)
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Posted 23 July 2011 - 12:57 PM

Or...

If anyone has seen Top Girls then the main historical characters from that would all be good;

Pope Joan - the reason why all Popes now have their genitalia examined upon inauguration just to be sure (apparently)

Isabella Bird - indomitable and highly sexed Victorian explorer!

and

lady Nijo - Imperial concubine and Buddist nun.
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Posted 23 July 2011 - 04:03 PM

Did somebody above mention Boudicca?
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 02:30 AM

And how could I forgotten the famous American aviatrix? ;)
Betty sounds fantastic, Blaggard.


And her counterpart (from Hull!!!!) - Amy Johnson
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 11:31 AM

Millicent Fenwick http://en.wikipedia....llicent_Fenwick

Isabelle Eberhardt http://en.wikipedia....sabel_Eberhardt

'Calamity' Jane http://en.wikipedia....i/Calamity_Jane

Simone de Beauvoir http://en.wikipedia....one_de_Beauvoir
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Posted 25 July 2011 - 08:48 AM

Women from two mighty dynasties -

Lucrezia Borgia - I woudn't recommend her homemade wine...

Anna Maria Luisa de Medici- the last scion of the Medici...
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 05:46 AM

I've been thinking about the premise of taking character creation from a short passage of text. Perhaps a little too much as it's got a little morbid. What about obituarties?

Recent women of note include -

Nancy Wake - WWII agent who helped develop the French Resistance Marquis into an organised fighting force.

Linda Christian - The original Bond girl? (yes ... before Ursula Andress)
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 09:10 AM

I see no problem with using obituaries. After all, many of the Wikipedia pages are pretty much the same thing, but for people who've been dead for longer. Nancy Wake really stood out when I saw her obituary recently, a thoroughly remarkable life.
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Posted 25 August 2011 - 06:38 AM

I see no problem with using obituaries. After all, many of the Wikipedia pages are pretty much the same thing, but for people who've been dead for longer. Nancy Wake really stood out when I saw her obituary recently, a thoroughly remarkable life.


Certainly.
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Posted 30 September 2011 - 03:39 PM

Having just watched tonight's QI (and a quick check to make sure no one had mentioned her before);

http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Nellie_Bly
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