Isabella Stewart Gardner was a woman who defined how she wanted to be remembered, but figuring out what she wanted her legacy to be proves elusive.
Isabella Stewart Gardner
Random Related Posts
This "most dangerous of all spies" staged daring mountaintop escapes, prison breaks, and railway bombings -- all on her trusty wooden leg, codenamed "Cuthbert."
This most-wanted WW2 spy rescued Jews and POWs, blew up Nazi trains, and used an X-rated radio rhyme to identify herself to Britain.
When attacked by Native Americans, this pregnant viking bared her chest, brandished a sword, and took them on by herself. And she won.
When the English laid siege to her castle home, this Scottish woman bedeviled them until they gave up.
Saved the Jewish people by hammering a tent spike through an unsuspecting house guest's head.
This self-described "undutiful daughter" posed as a man to become the world's first female shipwright.
Indigenous lawmaker who united warring tribes under a unified code of laws that she made herself.
Cross-dressing Queen of Thieves who flouted social norms and had plays written about her.
This revolutionary heroine of South America kept a pet bear, a disembodied moustache, and a lifestyle that defied every convention possible.
The "Last of the Aboriginal Tasmanians" (she wasn't) used brains, brawn, and sheer will to carve a place for herself, even as the world was collapsing around her.