18th and 19th Century Women who have Inspired Me

15 Apr

Following on from my post – Women in the French Revolution, Cross Dressing Women, Female Soldiers and 18th Century Feminists, here is a list of women (real and fictional) from the 18th and 19th centuries that have inspired me (generally and in creating characters and stories) and that I find rather fascinating –

Historical Figures
– Olympe de Gorges – French Revolutionary and advocate for women’s rights who was guillotined
– Theroigne de Mericourt – French Revolutionary and advocate for women’s rights
– Charlotte Corday – French Republican who stabbed Jacobite Revolutionary, Jean Paul Marat in his bathtub, and was guillotined
– Mary Wollstonecraft – English writer, advocate for women’s rights and radical political philosopher
– Anne Lister – English diarist who wrote about her lesbian desires and her life as an landowner
– Eliza de Feuillide – Jane Austen’s cousin / sister in law, born and raised in India and married a French nobleman who was guillotined in the French Revolution
– Mah Laqa Bai “Chanda” – Islamic Courtesan, poet and landowner from Hyderabad, India

Fictional Characters
– Marguerite St Just / Blakeney from the Scarlet Pimpernel series by Baroness Orcy
– Martinette de Beauvais – Female soldier and revolutionary from the American novel Ormond by Charles Brockden Brown


20130507-071256.jpg (Eliza de Feuillide – source – Wikipedia)



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