The Mom Who Held a Castle
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Possibly the most prolific female serial killer in history, a primary inspiration for Dracula, one of the most reviled women in history, and, I argue, innocent.
This Polish nurse sacrificed her safety, her marriage, her very family to save 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust.
Starting her travels at 45 years old, this globetrotter became a worldwide sensation for going boldly where no woman had gone before.
When her beloved college of history was bombed by the Germans, this woman began a dark path that would see her become history's deadliest female sniper -- and one of Eleanor Roosevelt's best friends.
Brutal princess-turned-Christian saint who burnt down enemy towns using pigeons.
The much-maligned woman fought tooth and nail to position her son, Alexander, to become "the Great" - and herself in the process.
Revolutionized the field of mathematics, yet was persecuted for being Jewish and paid a pittance for her visionary teaching work.
When her husband was killed in WW2, she sold all their belongings, bought a tank, named it Fighting Girlfriend, and started killing Nazis.
The illegitimate daughter of a minor noble, after losing her husband, she became one of the most powerful and fierce women in Italy - commanding troops, insulting Machiavelli, and fighting Cesare Borgia with unmatched ferocity.
When her rebel husband was imprisoned, she continued the movement - by holding a castle under siege for three long, lonely years.