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Dining Room Battles Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 6:05 p.m. PST


From Gertrude Bell's Obituary: "No woman in recent time has combined her qualities her taste for arduous and dangerous adventure with her scientific interest and knowledge, her competence in archaeology and art, her distinguished literary gift, her sympathy for all sorts and condition of men, her political insight and appreciation of human values, her masculine vigor, hard common sense and practical efficiency all tempered by feminine charm and a most romantic spirit."


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 7:27 p.m. PST

Very nicely done. I looked her up on-line and she was quite the antithesis of the gentile later Victorian and Edwardian woman.


Covert Walrus17 Oct 2020 2:27 a.m. PST

Just goes to show – Sterotypes about the past are as incorrect as sterotypes about the present :)

Interesting character, and a fitting miniature tribute!

Andrew Preziosi17 Oct 2020 7:02 a.m. PST

I respect her very much, but her efforts, admittedly aligned with others such as Lawrence, in regards to the Post WW1 Arab World she envisioned in regards to Sykes-Picot should have been thought out more.

Darrell B D Day17 Oct 2020 7:33 a.m. PST

should have been thought out more

Aye – we're all so wise in retrospect.


Old Wolfman20 Oct 2020 10:41 a.m. PST

Read an article about her in "History Revealed" or "BBC History" a few years back.

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