From the spectacular Queen of the Nile Cleopatra to the infamously wild leading lady of the roaring twenties Zelda Fitzgerald and beyond to more obscure figures such as the fiesty pirate Grace O’Malley and the saucy pin-up Emma Hamilton, Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History’s Most Notorious Women chronicles those females who flouted convention and largely ignored what was expected of the fairer gender within their respective time periods in history. As it does so the author also manages to present these ladies with a great amount of style, wit and panache that will leave readers both enlightened and entertained.
Easy to read straight through or flip about casually, each individual portrait gives an interesting mini-biography of these often notorious women including relevant facts about their claim to fame plus not to be missed juicy tidbits of each aspect of their unforgettable lives. Chapter by chapter we are introduced to these daring women organized into uniquely created themes such as “Amorous Artists” or “Crusading Ladies”. From the naughty doings of Anne Boleyn to the courageous journeys of women such as Joan of Arc, Scandalous Women has a little something for everyone leading to an enjoyable and yet educational reading experience which seems to breeze by far too fast. Best of all is Mahon’s witty and characteristically humorous writing style which only enhances each woman’s portrait further by bringing each leading lady to life in their own individual and creative way. Not to be missed-readers are guaranteed to learn at least one thing they didn’t know about these most daring women of history. In the end trivia abounds and satisfies in this great collection. For extra fun make sure to also check out the author’s blog: Scandalous Women.
Like a little scandal with your history? Then this is the book for you! And one lucky reader will win their own copy of Scandalous Women from the generous author Elizabeth Kerri Mahon herself. Giveaway ends midnight EST January 26, 2012. This giveaway is open US/Canada only. Winners will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail address and/or Twitter.. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!
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