Bad Girls from History

Wicked or Misunderstood?

Dee Gordon

Date Published :
January 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
50 illustrations
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ISBN : 9781473862821
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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You won't be familiar with every one of the huge array of women featured in these pages, but all, familiar or not, leave unanswered questions behind them. The range is extensive, as was the research, with its insight into the lives and minds of women in different centuries, different countries, with diverse cultures and backgrounds, from the poverty stricken to royalty. Mistresses, murderers, smugglers, pirates, prostitutes and fanatics with hearts and souls that feature every shade of black (and grey!). From Cleopatra to Ruth Ellis, from Boudicca to Bonnie Parker, from Lady Caroline Lamb to Moll Cutpurse, from Jezebel to Ava Gardner.

Less familiar names include Mary Jeffries, the Victorian brothel-keeper, Belle Starr, the American gambler and horse thief, La Voisin, the seventeenth-century Queen of all Witches in France but these are random names, to illustrate the variety of the content in store for all those interested in women who defy law and order, for whatever reason.

The risqué, the adventurous and the outrageous, the downright nasty and the downright desperate all human (female!) life is here. From the lower strata of society to the aristocracy, class is not a common denominator. Wicked? Misunderstood? Nave? Foolish? Predatory? Manipulative? Or just out of their time? Read and decide.

About The Author

Following her belated Literature degree, Dee Gordon has written books about Southend, Essex, the East End of London and the 1960s, and had articles published in such diverse publications as Essex Life, Best of British, Yours and Take a Break. Originally from East London, she has lived in Southend-on-Sea for over thirty years with her autistic son. For more info, see


“The book is written in a lively prose style… and it’s chock full of disquieting stories and truly twisted personalities… A worthy addition to any library’s true-crime section.”

- Booklist

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