Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History's Most Notorious Women

Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History's Most Notorious Women

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101478813
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 8,994
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon is from New York. An avid reader of history books, Kerri Mahon was inspired to learn about the women who made it. She is the creator of the blog Scandalous Women,, launched in the fall of 2007. Scandalous Women was named one of the 100 Most Awesome Blogs for History Junkies by Best Elizabeth is a member of the Historical Novel Society, The Victorian Society of America, RWA, and RWA NYC.

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Mirella More than 1 year ago
Scandalous Women (The Lives and Loves of History's Most Notorious Women) Elizabeth Kerri Mahon Scandalous Women is a delightful book containing the biographies of some of the most fascinating women of history. Keeping true to the title and subtitle, the stories within this book's pages kept me entertained for hours. As soon as I flipped open the book and read the table of contents, I was immediately intrigued. The book is divided into seven categories: Warrior Queens Wayward Wives Scintillating Seductresses Crusading Ladies Wild Women of the West Amorous Artists Amazing Adventuresses The chapter titles alone beckoned me to read further. And I was not disappointed. Within each of these chapters, the bios of 35 different women were beautifully written - full of detail, not too long, and told in a quippy voice that kept me entertained from start to finish. Her use of humour is what made these bios stand out from the realm of other similar books on the market. Some women, like Cleopatra and Eleanor of Aquitaine, I was well acquainted with. But there were numerous others, lesser known female heroines in the annals of history, whose lives were revealed to me for the very first time like Lady Caroline Lamb, Rose Greenhow, and Frida Kahlo. Each biography gave a full and detailed accounting of their lives without being tedious or boring to read. In fact, the opposite is true. The more I read, the more I wanted to learn about the next woman, and the next woman, and the woman after that. It is evident that Elizabeth Kerri Mahon knows her topic well and spent a great deal of time researching each life. In this way, she was able to bring lesser known details about their lives to the forefront. For those of you who are avid bloggers and blog followers, you might be already well familiar with Elizabeth's work. She is the owner of the blog Scandalous Women. Her blog has delighted me for years now and I'm an avid reader, as I know she is of my blog too. This book is one I highly recommend. Present it as a gift to a fascinating woman in your life for Mother's Day, an upcoming birthday, or Christmas.
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Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
Scan­dalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History's Most Noto­ri­ous Women" by Eliz­a­beth Kerri Mahon is a non-fiction book ded­i­cated to... scan­dalous women. Each woman is fea­tured in a short bio­graph­i­cal chap­ter. The book is divided into seven sec­tions. Each sec­tion is fur­ther divided into short chap­ters fea­tur­ing a short biog­ra­phy of a scan­dalous woman. Sec­tion 1: War­rior Queens Cleopa­tra, Boudica, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Joan of Arc, Grace O'Malley Sec­tion 2: Way­ward Wives Émilie du Châtelet, Lady Car­o­line Lamb, Jane Digby, Vio­let Tre­fu­sis, Zelda Fitzgerald Sec­tion 3: Scin­til­lat­ing Seduc­tresses Anne Boleyn, Bar­bara Palmer, Emma Hamil­ton, Lola Mon­tez, Mata hari Sec­tion 4: Cru­sad­ing Ladies Anne Hutchin­son, Mary Woll­stonecraft, Rose O'Neal Green­how, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Carry Nation Sec­tion 5: Wild Women of the West Mary Ellen Pleas­ant, Sarah Win­nemucca, Calamity Jane, Eliz­a­beth "Baby Doe" Tabor, Mar­garet Tobin Brown Sec­tion 6: Amorous Artists Camille Claudel, Isadora Dun­can, Josephine Baker, Bil­lie Hol­i­day, Frida Kahlo Sec­tion 7: Amaz­ing Adven­turesses Anne Bon­ney and Mary Read, Lady Hes­ter Stan­hope, Anna Leonowens, Gertrude Bell, Amelia Earhart So you're think­ing :"what is a book­ish blog run by a man doing with this book"? I'll tell you: it is knowl­edge not uncom­mon that scan­dalous women (most of them any­way) are a favorite sub­ject among men of many cul­tures and intel­lects - that's what! "Scan­dalous Women" by Eliz­a­beth Kerri Mahon is the kind of book I loved as a young boy. No, not because of the scan­dalous women, that would come later, but because I always found this for­mat of books fas­ci­nat­ing and inter­est­ing. These type of short biogra­phies allow me to know about each per­son and if I want, to research more about them. Even though I read through this book, it is a book you can just pick up and read, then put down and pick up again a few days later since the chap­ters are short and are not related to one another. The book is also a must if you ever want to be on "Jeopardy". Ms. Mahon's writ­ing is suc­cinct and she con­cen­trates on the aspect of what made her sub­ject so scan­dalous. Just keep in mind that the word "scan­dalous" is in con­text of the time those women lived in. while in today's stan­dards they might seem tame, in their life­time they cer­tainly weren't. Each chap­ter is easy to read and high­lights the achieve­ments and promi­nence of each woman. While the book is by no means a com­pre­hen­sive biog­ra­phy of its sub­jects, nor does it claim to be, it is a won­der­ful intro­duc­tion to many his­tor­i­cal figures. A spe­cial note to the won­der­ful sec­tion head­ings (Scin­til­lat­ing Seduc­tresses, Amorous Artists, etc.) - that'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Women rule!