Conversation with a friend about Rejected Princesses. As a rule, I don’t feel comfortable publicly soapboxing, but occasionally I get riled up.
Why have "evil" princesses?
Some have questioned why I write about brutal and morally reprehensible people, instead of just focusing on good role models. I have thoughts on the matter.
On finding Alfred Barker’s Name
Tracking down the birth name of one of Sydney's more colorful gangsters was tricky, but not THAT tricky.
Sourcing the Elisabeth Bathory entry
I get a ton of people calling me out on relying too much on one source for the entry on Elisabeth Bathory. The truth is, though, there wasn't much worth going on.
Learning to Listen
The next RP entry (and the planned one after that) are being put on the backburner while I wait to hear back from the tribe who serves as gatekeeper for their stories. Here's why.
Your next hint! Plus: talks I'm giving!
RP returns Wednesday! Your hint is contained within.
Ludicrously over-accomplished athlete who invented flying ambulances and won the only gold medal ever awarded by the French Academy of Sports for "all sports" - yes, all of them.
Widowed young queen who led a fearsome rebellion against the British with her child tied to her back.
Catalina de Erauso
After escaping from a convent, this swashbuckler had the strength to chase her dreams: which were apparently to drink, fight, and womanize.
When a monster demanded teenage girl sacrifice, Li Chi saved herself, and was crowned princess for her troubles.
This unlikely heroine created her own Woman's Army of 70,000 soldiers through good manners and political savvy - and then used it to overthrow one of China's greatest douchebags.