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America had Al Capone. Sydney had Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine - who *hated* each other.
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Matilda of Tuscany
Fiery defender of the pope who made kings kneel before her.
When China invaded her native land, this would-be monk put down her pacifist dreams and took up arms.
A clever woman who rose from obscurity to become a political force, playing nations against each other to protect her people.
Revolutionized the field of mathematics, yet was persecuted for being Jewish and paid a pittance for her visionary teaching work.
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