“Collective biographies on some of the most interesting women in history in different fields. Many I had never heard of and for those that I did know about, there was more information and a lot of myth busting. My favorite biography was in the section of Wayward Wives and her name was Emilie du...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Collective biographies on some of the most interesting women in history in different fields. Many I had never heard of and for those that I did know about, there was more information and a lot of myth busting. My favorite biography was in the section of Wayward Wives and her name was Emilie du Chatelet, the mistress of Voltaire. She was a brilliant, eccentric, scientist during the 1700's. She was much taller than Voltaire so they must have been an interesting visual, intellectual pair. The great thing about this book is that if one wants more information, there is a list of historical fiction, nonfiction and movies about each in the back of the book. My reading list just got a whole lot longer!”Sue M wrote this review Saturday, October 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book! Scandalous Women is packed full of information and little known historical tidbits on the some of the most notorious and famous women in the world. Some of the women I recognized and some I didn't. My favorites ,of course, were Anne Boleyn, who I feel has been wrongly portrayed as a whore because one man said so and Grace O'Malley because I love the thought that there were lady pirates, I don't imagine that it was a life that most women would want in that era or any era, but I love the thought of a woman being strong and capable when most of the women of any era in history were dependent on the men in their lives, whether it was their father, brother, or spouse for their livelihood. I also am fascinated with Boudica, can you imagine being a woman warrior and leading your tribe to fight the Romans in Britian? Then there is Mata Hari, the lady executed for espionage in 1917. Turns out that in 2000 some of the files of her arrest and trial proved her innocence.
Elizabeth Kerri Mahon tells these mini histories with knowledge, humor and compassion. The book is divided into different chapters, Warrior Queens ,Wayward Wives, Scintillating Seductresses ,Crusading Ladies,Wild Women of the West, Amorous Artists, and Amazing Adventuresses . This book is a must for all you history buffs out there. To quote Laurel Thatcher Ulrich..Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History..after reading this book I totally agree!!!”
“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:
Wild Women of the West
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: http://scandalouswomen.blogspot.com. 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. ”