Collection: Spies >
Virginia HallThis "most dangerous of all spies" staged daring mountaintop escapes, prison breaks, and railway bombings -- all on her trusty wooden leg, codenamed "Cuthbert."
Noor Inayat KhanPacifist Indian princess who gave up everything of herself to hold the line in occupied Paris during World War 2.
Isabelle EberhardtThis undefinable adventurer's life burnt bright but short: a wildcard of the Algerian revolution, she survived an assassination attempt by sabre, and died in a freak desert flood.
Xtabay (Mesoamerican myth)
Siren of the Yucatan
Chaste and virtuous woman spends life assuming she’s better than her more sex-positive neighbor, and for this haughtiness becomes in death a demonic woman who lures wayward men to their death – a stunning indigenous inversion of the Madonna/whore complex.
Collection: Pirates >
Jeanne de ClissonWhen her husband was unjustly executed, this French noblewoman-turned-pirate became the terror of France.
Ching ShihHeaded a squadron of 80,000 pirates, ruled the Chinese seas for two decades, and actually retired happily - but not before extorting a nice pension from the Chinese government.
Charlotte BadgerThe first European woman to end up in New Zealand, Charlotte Badger was part pirate, part adopted Maori, and part mom. Which part is which is somewhat lost to history.
Collection: Mistresses of Disguise >