Nog Prize #1
In which I start the tradition of heralding people smarter than I am -- this time for catching something about Fredegund's entry!
Of Corpses and Kimonos
Masako Hojo was not a walking corpse. Not that you'd know it, from the way I drew her clothes.
The Chinese Sex Workers Who Helped Topple a Dynasty
The founders and members of the Chinese Women's Espionage Training Institute? Shanghai sex workers.
Nog Prize #2
In which I am corrected as to Mongolian wrestling!
The Highest Compliment
The best holiday present I got this year was messages like these.
When the end of an era was at hand, this samurai woman refused to go gently.
Mexican revolutionary who bombed bridges, led hundreds of women into battle, and was instrumental in turning the tide of the war for the revolutionaries.
Sold into sexual slavery to Hernan Cortes, this maligned woman became his interpreter, and it was with her words that…
Mekatilili wa Menza
When colonial powers went too far, she rebelled in the most stylish way possible: dancing from town to town. It was surprisingly effective.
Brilliant undercover spy who posed as a slave to spy on - and attempt to burn down - the Confederate…