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Dining Room Battles20 Feb 2016 3:31 p.m. PST

Another character for In Her Majesty's Name:

The eldest daughter of a British steel magnate, Gertrude Bell was born in 1869 at the height of stodgy, Victorian England. Possessing a keen mind and a determined disposition, she rejected the narrow life of a stayed and dignified British lady to excel at Oxford University at the age of 17.


History was one of the few subjects women were allowed to study so she specialized in modern history receiving a first class honors degree in two years. She is an ideal participant for "In Her Majesty's Name".



Winston Smith20 Feb 2016 4:44 p.m. PST

She's hot.

dilettante20 Feb 2016 5:29 p.m. PST

Sounds like she was the Victorian Mrs Emma Peel

Wulfgar20 Feb 2016 6:53 p.m. PST

One of the episodes from the "Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" portrays Gertrude Bell in attendance at the Versailles Peace Conference, along with T.E. Lawrence and Arnold Toynbee. It was a marvelous way of explaining to kids exactly what happened there.

Its one of the best of the series.

freecloud21 Feb 2016 3:48 p.m. PST

She and Lawrence were major influences in how the Middle East was carved up after WW1. I use a composite character of her, Freya Stark and Rose McCaulay (complete with daemon camel) in one of my forces

Tom Scott21 Feb 2016 5:58 p.m. PST

Victorian Britain was anything but stodgy!

Liliburlero Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2016 8:07 p.m. PST

Gertrude Bell is a fascinating person whose story has been lost until recently. I discovered her while reading about T.E. Lawrence, who owed much of his success to her influence. She is worthy of a film and this is a great book on her life:


The Shadow22 Feb 2016 8:42 a.m. PST

Wow! She was really pretty! With those cheekbones, eyes and lips she could have been a model in modern times.

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