scottish hero

Scratch that. Reverse it.

Hero: *thinks he’s telling the heroine that he loves her* I don’t want to be in love with you. I don’t wan’t my life turned upside down. I never wanted to feel this way about anyone. 

Heroine: Alright then. Clearly he doesn’t love me, nor does he want to love me.

*SOME EXTRAORDINARILY DISTANT MOMENT LATER*

Hero: Oh. Wait. Hold on. 

Me: 

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Can we officially call this: Pulling a Mr. Darcy?

Heroes and Heroines with Disabilities Review: Never Seduce a Scot

So, I have decided to start this series, by in large, because growing up with a mother who had permanent damage to her feet legs and ankles due to an accident when she was 23, a father who still suffers the effects of surviving polio as a baby and a sister with epilepsy, I get really excited for heroes and heroines with disabilities. It is, perhaps, my favorite when the lead does not need to be “perfect” and they are given their HEA. 

 I am starting with a favorite: Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks 

 Protagonist with Disability:  Heroine 

Disability: hearing loss/deaf 

 Review: I am a sucker for many tropes: Scottish Highlands, star-crossed lovers, secret villains, gruff heroes, saving-themselves heroines - this book has it all. 

 To start, the Montgomerys and the Armstrongs have been warring for years. The last major straw was the Armstrong clan murdering Laird Montgomery. This has left Graeme Montgomery as laird and looking to avenge his father’s death with the ruin of the Armstrongs. The King of Scotland, however, is done with the fighting between two of his most powerful clans, and wants not to see them tear the highlands apart. So, before Still Star-Crossed thought of it, he demands that Graeme marry Eveline Armstrong, the only daughter of Laird Armstrong, to prevent feuding. Everyone is furious. 

 The Montgomerys and the Armstrongs do not wish to be aligned through marriage, particularly not through Eveline. A horse accident three years ago has left Eveline altered, to the point of an engagement being broken. Rumors have it that she is touched, crazy and the Montgomerys do not not want their lady to be this mess of a woman from a clan that wants to do them harm. 

Unsurprisingly, the Armstrongs do not wish to send their fragile and altered daughter to a laird bent on their family’s destruction. She couldn’t possibly be safe-who knows if she even understands what is being asked of her. 

 Enter my beloved Eveline. Eveline was in an accident three years ago and it did alter her permanently. She lost her hearing to such an extent that she is functionally deaf. She can hear noises at a very low pitch, but not clearly. However, when she awoke from her accident, and discovered her deafness, she chose to use it to her advantage. Eveline’s first intended was a monster, who used to delight in telling her all the ways he would torture her once they were married. Any time Eveline tried to express concerns to her family about the match, she was dismissed as a girl with cold feet. Any young woman would be nervous. Eveline decides that she should act as if she doesn’t understand, seem blatantly confused, damaged and mute in hopes that she will be thrown over and she can remain safe at home forever. Which works, until she is promised to Graeme. 

 This is where our plot really kicks off, as Eveline has learned to read lips and is as bright as ever, tries to take the measure of Graeme as a man. Graeme, who on top of remaining staunchly anti-Armstrong, is not cool with having a potentially crazy wife who cannot really consent to having a life with him. He begins to realize quickly that his intended is not as crazy as everyone seems to think, because she seems to be quite clear with him regularly, even before he discovers she can speak. 

 This book is refreshing in many ways. Although the hearing loss comes from different mechanisms, Maya Banks based Eveline off of her husband’s progressive hearing loss and the strategies he used to cope through university so no one would notice he was losing his hearing. It is also lovely to have a Scottish hero who is quite considerate and believes in educated women, consent and truthfully, love. 

 Eveline is no damsel in distress, which I will say, Maya Banks does an amazing job of giving her historical highland women great agency. Eveline meets every challenge head on, determined to be successful and strong. She does not break under awful conditions and is an agent of strength throughout the book. 

There are some muddy bits with plot complications and the like, such as details within the feud, Eveline’s treatment in her new clan, but overall it is a great read.  I highly recommend.

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well you know how it goes: you live your life and then David Tennant appears and turns everything upside down. 

there will never be enough words to say how much i love this man and what he matters to me. he’s so much more than my favorite actor, he’s my hero, he’s who i wanna be like. so talented, so gorgeous, so scottish. perfection!

so today i wish him the happiest birthday ever!  

Tartan-Bound History

Scotland is a country of rich history and tradition. Four little books in Special Collections manage to cover a broad swath of Scottish history. They highlight a theologian, an outlaw, a knight, and a queen who are widely known in Scottish history and lore. These four books are part of Bryce’s Tartan Series, and are bound in tartan silk, adding that extra bit of heritage.

First up is The Story of John Knox. John Knox was a Scottish theologian who led the Protestant Reformation of the Church of Scotland and established the Presbyterian tradition.

The closing words of the book are, “He is the one Scotchman to whom of all others his country and the world owe a debt. His fearless love of truth, his self-sacrificing patriotism, his brave soul and clean conscience will for ever [sic] entitle him to the admiration and respect of all earnest seekers after truth.”

Rob Roy was a type of Scottish Robin Hood—an outlaw turned folk hero. He earned his reputation by participating in the Jacobite Rebellion, which sought to restore the Stuart line as the rightful rulers of England as well as Scotland. William Wordsworth even wrote a poem commemorating him, part of which is inscribed on the title page of this book. It reads, “Thus among the rocks he lived, / Through summer’s heat and winter’s snow; / The eagle, he was lord above, / And Rob was lord below.”

Sir William Wallace became the Guardian of the Kingdom of Scotland because of his leadership in the Wars of Scottish Independence. In the fight for Scotland to separate itself from England, Wallace played an important role when he defeated the English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

The opening words of The Story of Queen Mary are, “The Stuart dynasty was cradled in misfortune and extinguished in disgrace.” These despairing words seem to be true in the case of Mary, Queen of Scots. The young Scottish queen was known for her turbulent life, trouble-filled marriages, and most famously for her unfortunate death. After being ousted from her own throne, she sought protection from Elizabeth I, Queen of England. Many years later, Mary was convicted of participation in a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth in order to put Mary on the throne. The punishment was beheading.

Though there are many sides to each of these stories, and in those other narratives our characters might be portrayed as the villains, to the Scottish these four are heroes. These books celebrate Scottish history, and whatever you might think of the four heroes, at the very least they are stories worth telling.

 -Lauren Galloway, student employee

anonymous asked:

Netflix are making a Robert the Bruce movie called 'Outlaw King' with Chris Pine playing Bruce. I read an article (the STV one) and the production dude said it would focus on Bruce fighting the Catholic church and the 'British' (never knew they existed back then :/ ). What are the chances of this being good?

American film about a Scottish hero played by possibly one of the least Scottish actors ever…

Chances are we’ll get a jumbled up history vomit and a weird love interest.

I’m now experiencing some really weird déjà vu…

OUTLANDER star Steven Cree has spoken for the first time about his new role as a war hero in a historical drama released this month.

Churchill follows the war leader in the 96 hours before D-Day, and the 36-year-old Cree plays Captain James Stagg, a renowned Royal Air Force meteorologist who persuaded General Eisenhower to change the date of the Allied invasion of Europe from June 5 to June 6 in 1944 to avoid low-lying rain clouds, high winds, and stormy seas in the Channel.

Kilmarnock-born actor Cree, who has lived in London for 17 years, said it was an “honour” to play the knighted weather forecaster from Dalkeith and work alongside movie legends John Slattery and Brian Cox, who takes the titular role. The new film Churchill is released on June 16.

Cree enjoys watching World War Two documentaries and has narrated several himself. Churchill is a project close to his heart and he spend a lot of time researching his character and was amazed at what he found out.

Cree, who has appeared in a host of films such as 300:Rise of an Empire alongside Eva Green, Maleficent with Angelina Jolie, and Tower Block with Sheridan Smith, said: “I knew nothing about my character in Churchill before I auditioned for the part. It turns out he was quite an important figure in World War Two surrounding the D-Day landings. When you read about it, it is termed as the most famous weather report in history and he is hailed a Scottish hero.

“It was great playing alongside Brian Cox and John Slattery, they were both extremely lovely. It is really exciting but I am only a small cog in the wheel of the film but it was an honour to play the part of someone who played such an important role in such an incredibly horrific period of history and to learn something new as well. I was only on it a few days. It timed perfectly because I was filming two days before I got married last May.”

Cree tried to find recordings of Stagg’s voice but in the end was forced to imagine what a well-educated Royal Air Force captain might sound like.

He added: “Stagg was from Dalkeith and went to Edinburgh University, and he was in the military. I tried to find some sound recordings of him and couldn’t find any, apparently there is one somewhere.

“I am from Kilmarnock, but have lived down in London for 17 years, so my accent has probably softened a little bit. I tried to imbibe him with the tones of somebody from the east coast and I imagined he would have to have been clearly and well-spoken back then.”

Cree has also been busy filming season three of hit TV series Outlander, which is due out in Septemeber. His character, the amiable Ian Murray, is best friends and brother-in-law to Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan, and married to Jenny, played by Laura Donnelly. He also plays an astronaut in sci-fi thriller The Titan with Sam Worthington and Tom Wilkinson.

He said: “I went from The Titan set round about 1230, to later that year going on to do Outlander which is set round about 1765, and then jumped forward to 1944 in Churchill. That is one of the great things about being an actor because it is highly unlikely that I’m going to be an astronaut now or a meteorologist, so you get to pretend.

Cree says there appears to be no stopping the reach of the time-travelling global hit he’s most known for.

“It feels to me that Outlander is getting bigger and bigger. It is huge, it seems to have fans all over the world, from Japan, to Australia, Brazil to Russia, all over Europe and Canada. I still feel that it is bigger in the rest of the world than it is here in the UK.

“They have confirmed there will be a season four and will start filming round about September this year, when season three comes out.”

Nice interview with Steven Cree in The National about his role in the soon to be released film Churchill.

Saber Prototype/Saver (King Arthur)

Ruler of Camelot and husband of Guinevere, Arthur was the greatest King in all of Britain. Legend states that one day he will return in the country’s greatest hour of need and become King once more.

He wielded the sword Excalibur, that sometimes replaces Caliburn as the Sword in the Stone. Along with the Knights of the Round Table and the wizard Merlin, he reunited his country and struck down those who would destroy it.

In modern times, it is hard to believe if King Arthur ever actually existed at all, and evidence points to him merely being an amalgamation of various historical figures including Lucius Artorius Castus, a Roman Military Commander and Artúr mac Áedáin, a famous Scottish hero.

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I’m just going to leave this here for your listening pleasure, lovers of Scottish romance heroes.

Master List of Women in Combat (Over 200 women are listed below.) -brought to us by Rejected PrincessesRejected Princesses is so awesome. If you haven’t already,then you need to hit the link and revel in the awesomeness that is Rejected Princesses. **PRE-1ST CENTURY Ahhotep I (16th century BCE): Egyptian queen who rallied troops against invaders, was merciful, got Order of the Fly Fu Hao (13th century BCE): Chinese general who led up to 13,000 people in battle, defeated the Shang after many many battles Chrysame (11th century BCE): killed entire legion of invaders using mad cow disease/LSD Pantea Arteshbod (6th century): Persian commander of the Immortals, kept face covered so people wouldn’t fall in love with her [had a lot of trouble finding primary source on this one] Telesilla (6th century BCE): poet who defended her town from invading Spartans Tomyris (5th century BCE): Massagetae queen who beheaded Cyrus the Great Artemisia I (5th century BCE): naval commander who helped Xerxes attack the greeks, had 10,000 drachma bounty Sela (5th century BCE): Princess who became a pirate, had to be put down for good of kingdom Yuenü (5th century BCE): Chinese warrior who was hired by king to train his warriors Onomaris (4th century BCE): Galatian woman who led starving people to new land, kicking the ass of local inhabitants along way Teuta (3rd century BCE): Illyrian pirate queen Chilonis (3rd century BCE): Spartan princess who appeared in Senate with a sword, urged women to battle, fought w/rope around neck so could commit suicide instead of being taken alive Arachidamia (3rd century BCE): Spartan queen; led women in siege of Lacedaemon Amage (2nd century BCE): Took reins from lazy husband, rushed a Scythian prince and murdered his ass **1ST CENTURY-9TH CENTURY Boudica (1st century CE): killed 80,000 Romans and burnt London to the ground Trung Nhi and Trung Trac (1st century CE): Vietnamese martial artist sisters who drove out Chinese and ruled as queens Phung Thi Chinh (1st century CE): Woman who fought alongside the Trung sisters, gave birth while doing so, carried newborn and sword at same time Le Chan (1st century CE): Another noblewoman who fought alongside Trung sisters Arawelo (1st century CE): Somali queen who hung rapists by their testicles, won war with all female army Gualim (1st century CE): heroine of the Karakalpak epic “Kyrk Kyz” (“Forty Maidens”, got forty women to become warriors). Fought the invader Nadir Shah. Trieu Thi Trinh (3rd century CE): Vietnamese warrior against Chinese rule; purportedly nine feet tall and monstrously strong Zenobia (3rd century CE): Syrian queen who rebelled successfully against Romans, became gold standard for “strong woman” for centuries thereafter Mavia (4th century CE): Syrian warrior queen who defeated Romans; more successful (but less well-known) double of Zenobia’s story Princess Aspas (4th century CE): Commander of Persian police forces, name means “Guard of strength.” [had trouble tracking down primary source on this one] Kawlah bint al-Azwar al-Kind’yya (7th century CE): Black knight who led army of women for Muhammad Apranik (7th century CE): Persian commander for Sasanian/Sassanid Empire; continued with guerilla warfare after empire fell to Arabs Dihya al-Kahina (7th century CE): Queen of the Imazighen, united them to fight against Muslim invaders Hind al-Hunnud (7th century CE): Fought early Muslims, ate foes’ liver Princess Pingyang (7th century CE): Military commander for Chinese emperor, led army of women in battle A’ishah (7th century CE): One of Muhammad’s wives, took control in battle of the camel Umm ‘Umara (7th century CE): Took up shield and defended Muhammad in early battles Wanda of Poland (8th century CE): Warrior princess who either committed suicide to prevent her own marriage, or who inspired others to do so Banu Khorramdin (9th century CE): Persian freedom fighter, fought with husband against Abbasid Caliphate for 23 years, heroine of Iran Aethelflaed (9th century CE): Mercian woman who drove out the Vikings, great strategist Aud the Deep-Minded (9th century CE): Viking pirate princess who was one of the first settlers of Iceland. **10TH-12TH CENTURY Gwenllian Ferch Gruffydd (12th century CE): Welsh Robin Hood, name became a battle shout Aoife MacMurrough (12th century CE): Irish queen, conducted battles (“Red Eva”), ancestor of many English and Scottish heroes Freydis Eriksdottir (10th century CE): While pregnant, grabs a sword, faces down her attackers, and stabs herself in the chest to intimidate the Skrælingjar (Native Americans) into running away. Saint Olga of Kiev (10th century CE): Buried opponents alive, killed invaders using pigeons to commit arson Matilda of Canossa (11th century CE): Defender of the pope; led armies into battle, accomplished archer, made kings kneel before her Adelaide of Susa (11th century CE): burned down city of Asti twice; possibly fought in armor to defend her father’s lands as a teenager (haven’t found source for that), enemy of Matilda of Canossa Gudit (10th century CE): Semi-legendary queen who laid waste to Axum, Beta Israeli (Ethiopian) Hallgerd the Petty (11th century CE): Slighted at wedding, ends up murdering everyone Rusla and Stikla (11th century CE): Fearsome Viking pirates, considered most cruel of all warrior Norse women Sikelgaita (11th century CE): Lombard princess who conducted sieges in full armor, tried to poison her stepson Yang family generals (11th century CE): Chinese legends/novels (and many, many adaptations) of family in Song dynasty; women take up fighting after their husbands die. Mu Guiying particularly famous Liang Hongyu (12th century CE): Made into slave, then bought herself free and became fearsome general of her own accord Tamar of Georgia (12th century CE): Wore armor into battle, expanded Georgia’s borders enormously and brought in country’s golden age, defeated shitty ex-husband in battle twice Yennenga (12th century CE): African queen who was so skilled a fighter that her father refused to let her marry; founder of Burkina Faso Blenda (12th century CE): Swedish Viking hero who killed many Danes Tomoe Gozen (12th century CE): Samurai warrior who fought at battle of Awazu, beheaded at least one person, was fearsome enough to make samurai flee to maintain their honor Order of the Hatchet (12th century CE): order of female knights given to the women of the town of Tortosa, who defended against a Moorish siege **13TH-15TH CENTURY undefeated Mongolian wrestler princess, fearsome soldier, favorite of her father’s Töregene Khatun (13th century CE): Took over lands from her late husband, led wars like a boss, had Muslim woman Fatima as second in command Hangaku Gozen (13th century CE): Samurai warrior famed for her skill with a naginata Koman (13th century CE): Minamoto samurai who saved the clan banner by swimming to shore with it in her teeth, while under attack by boat Rudrama Devi (13th century CE): Raised as man, took throne in midst of war, kept the peace through force, executed traitors, Marco Polo thought she was great Jeanne de Clisson (14th century CE): French noblewoman who went on revengetastic murder spree after husband was killed Black Agnes aka Agnes Rudolph (14th century CE): Defended against a siege. When the walls were catapulted, she dressed up her maids and went out to tauntingly dust the damage off. When the attacked tried to batter down the door, she dropped the boulders that had been catapulted at her. Tribhuwana Wijayatunggadewi (14th century CE): Javanese queen, led armies into war and famously expanded borders of Majapahit massively Agnes Hotot (14th century CE): When her father fell ill and couldn’t duel, she went in disguise in his stead and beat the opponent. Then stripped off breastplate to reveal it was her, resulting in awesome coat of arms. Marzia Ordelaffi aka Marzia Ubaldini, Cia degli Ordelaffi, Cia degli Ubaldini (14th century CE): dressed in armor and fought with soldiers to defend against papal siege Jane, countess of Mountfort (14th century CE): Personally defended her duchy on land and sea; once charged through an enemy camp to get home Jeanne Hachette (15th century CE): Badass French axe-wielder who defended her town Marguerite de Bressieux (15th century CE): Raped along w 11 others; forms 12-person black knight revenge corps, is TERRIFYING Joan of Arc (15th century CE): Duh. **16TH CENTURY Sayyida al Hurra: Islamic pirate queen, married King of Morocco, king went to her to get married Grace O’Malley: Irish pirate queen, constantly got into fights, led rebellions, thrown in jail Mandukhai Khatun: United Khans, gave birth to twins during a fight and kept going. Amina: Nigerian warrior queen who claimed, then killed, lovers from the conquered Abbakka Chowta: Fought off Portuguese from Goa for 40 years, first woman freedom fighter of India Chand Bibi: Indian muslim woman warrior, defended Ahmednagar against Mughal emperor Akbar Kenau Simonsdochter Hessaeler: Led defense of Haarlem (Netherlands) against Spanish by tossing burning tar onto soldiers, led army of 300 women Madame de Saint-Baslemont: the Christian Amazon; led peasants & vassals to fight defensive skirmishes during 30 Years’ War Komatsuhime: when defector dad came back to her house, she confronted him in full armor and told him to GTFO Sri Suriyothai: Died saving her husband and daughter, while on war elephant in armor; Thai Tsuruhime Ohori: Fought off Ouchi invaders at age 16 Aqualtune: Angolan princess who led Brazilian revolts, escaped slavery while pregnant Durgavati: Fought off multiple invasions from outside forces, finally fell to Moghuls Unniyarcha: Legendary Indian martial artist, saved women from being kidnapped Inés de Suárez: Spanish conquistadora who built Santiago, saved it from invasion, decapitated 7 people in its defense María de Estrada: Conquistadora who armed like a man, impaled Indians with her lance María Pita: Spanish heroine, held against siege of Corunna in 1589 La Niña de la Hueca: Traveling swords-wielding policewoman (encapado) living in Chancay valley near Peru Marie-Christine de Lalaing: Princess of Espinoy, held down fort against Spain for 2 months, bore cuirass and battle-ax Gaboimilla: Leader of Peruvian amazon tribe that fled conquistadors and set up in the jungle Malahayati: Indonesian naval general, first in world after Artemisia I, well-respected, led “Widow’s Armada,” made English negotiate actual peace instead of invasion **17TH CENTURY Nzinga Mbande: led people of Ndongo in guerilla wars against Portuguese for 4 decades, won Veronica I of Matamba: Successor to Nzinga, also waged a lot of war Rui Sasaki: Swordmaster of Edo Japan who would fight street gangs while dressed outlandishly Ilona Zrinyi: Hungarian noblewoman who was left to defend a castle by herself for three years while pregnant; national heroine Lin Siniang: prostitute-turned-princess; trained harem in martial arts, making female army who would later rescue the king Qin Liangyu: Ming dynasty general who fought against the Manchu who would establish the Qing dynasty; sold her belongings to raise an additional 3000 troops Catalina de Erauso: Got into nonstop knife fights while posing as man through south America, received permission from the pope to crossdress Suke Kaway Istana: Indonesian all-female palace guard under Meurah Ganti and Cut Meurah Inseuen Hannah Duston: captured by Native Americans, killed & scalped ten of her captors to escape; first American woman with a statue Charlotte, countess of Derby: Better soldier than her husband, made humiliating last-minute defeat of besieging captain Jacquotte Delahaye: Caribbean pirate; at one point faked her death, lived for years as a man, then came back, so was known as “Back from the Dead Red”; took over an island & died defending it Tarabai: Queen who kept resistance against Mughal invasion going, led group of warrior women in special saris Anne Dieu-la-Veut: French pirate and buccaneer Mai Bhago: Sikh warrior saint, only survivor of massively bloody battle of Khidrana Bibi Dalair Kaur: led 100 female Sikhs against Moghuls, died, is martyr Ana Lezama de Urinza and Eustaquia de Sonza: the Valiant Ladies of Potosi, two teenage vigilantes who would fight evildoers at night; possibly fictional Nazo Tokhi: Afghan warrior, poet, and peace negotiator. “Mother of Afghan Nationalism.” Belawadi Mallamma: First woman to form a womens’ army against British and Marathas Julie d’Aubigny aka La Maupin: Aggressively bisexual sword-slinging, opera-singing, nun-romancing badass Dandara: Capoeira expert, wife of Zumbi & leader of quilombos who fought the Portuguese. See also Aqualtune Alyona: Former Russian nun who tried conquering town in Peasants Revolt; was burnt at stake; famed for bravery in battle + interrogation Prajurit Estri: Javanese corps of women who guarded the palace Gao Guiying: led revolution against Ming Dynasty with husband; empress of short-lived Shun Dynasty; when husband killed, allied with Southern Ming Dynasty to fight the Manchurian Qing Dynasty Shen Yunying: when father killed, roused citizens to defeat attackers; took over from her father as Ming Dynasty general **18TH CENTURY Yim Wing Chun: When bully tried forcing her to marriage, used martial arts to subdue him; improved the style massively; forebear of Bruce Lee and Ip Man Nanny of the Maroons: Led escaped slaves in Jamaica into large guerilla army; national hero Begum Samru: Only Catholic queen of India, led mercenary army, so insanely rich that inheritance is disputed to modern day Rani Velu Nachiyar: One of the first Indian queens to fight British, invented human bomb, formed woman’s army Christian Davies: Fought in army disguised as man for thirteen years in search of her husband Gabriela Silang: Filipina revolutionary Thao Suranari: Got invading soldiers drunk, led rebellion of prisoners, gave kitchen knives to soldiers Thao Trep Kasattri: Dressed as man, held off invaders for 5 weeks along with sister Bui Thi Xuan: Vietnamese general who was so awesome when she was defeated, her enemies ate her to gain her courage Mkabayi kaJama: Obsessively looked after Zululand by assassinating improper rulers, including Shaka Zulu Keladi Chennama: Queen of Karnataka, last holdout against Mysore and British; beat Aurangzeb Bartolina Sisa: Aymara woman who led indigenous uprising in Bolivia, laying siege to La Paz for 6 months Micaela Bastidas: Fearsome wife of Tupac Amaru who managed all logistics for rebellion, would often fight herself Gregoria Apaza: Aymara woman who helped lead uprising alongside Bartolina Sisa Kurusa Llawi: Aymara (native Bolivian) woman who helped lead uprising with her husband Queen Esther Montour: Mixed Iroquois warrior who killed 14+ Americans in recompense for death of her son, was likely misunderstood and largely peaceful Onake Obavva: When husband went to lunch, killed upwards of 100 men with a pestle Anne Bonny and Mary Read: Pirates that people won’t stop mailing me about. Deborah Sampson: Disguised self as man to fight in US revolutionary war Hannah Snell: Brit disguised as man, became soldier, was shot a LOT, ran a pub Margaret Corbin: Fought in US revolutionary war; fired cannon until the last, first woman to get a pension Toypurina: Native American woman who tried staging revolt against Spaniards; Joan of Arc of California Ann Mills: Disguised herself as man to become a dragoon/pirate Ulricka Eleonora Stalhammar: Crossdresssing soldier who took a wife, was tried for lesbianism Rose Lacombe: Led womens brigade during French Revolution, orator, given city crown, starts local business Hanifa: Niece of Saladin, daughter of al-Malik al-‘Adil, led an army at one point? Nearly impossible to google. May be Dayfa Khatun. Manuela Beltran: incited Colombian revolt against excessive taxation. Tomasa Tito Condemayta: Peruvian-Incan woman who fought with Tupac Amaru, leading a battalion of women Ghaliyya al-Wahhabiyya: Led military movement in Saudi Arabia to defend Mecca against foreigners Wang Cong’er: Chinese rebel, led the White Lotus rebellion Dahomey Amazons: Terrifying all-female elite warrior corps of kingdom of Dahomey; would file down teeth to sharp points, made French soldiers piss themselves Women of Groton: Small American militia who held a bridge for some time and captured people who came by. **19TH CENTURY Fatma N’Soumer: Algerian rebel against France, Joan of Arc of Kabylie Anita Garibaldi: Brazilian who fought alongside husband Giuseppe in revolutions across south America and Italy Hanging Cloud: supposedly the only female full warrior of the Ojibwe Albert Cashier: Irish-born union soldier who fought and lived as a man his whole life Julia Banyai: Hungarian spy/soldier who fought in Transylvanian independence war Rani Lakshmibai: Indian rebel queen of 1857 uprising who fought with child strapped to back Jhalkaribai: Dalit warrior under Lakshmibai, at one point pretended to be Lakshmibai to let her escape Melchora Aquino: 84-year-old filipina revolutionary Kurmanjan Datka: Kyrgyzstani queen who united country, limited Russian rule, shown on their currency, has awesome action movie Yaa Asantewaa: African Queen-Mother of the Asante, led the War of the Golden Stool rebellion against British colonialism Maria Remedios del Valle: Argentinian military leader under Spanish rule, afro-argentinian, Nov 8 holiday in her name; she and her daughters are “the Maidens of Ayohuma” after battle they participated in Policarpa Salavarrieta: Colombian spy/revolutionary, died VERY young Juana Azurduy de Padilla: Revolutionary who worked to free both Argentina and Bolivia, fought while pregnant, lost four sons and husband to the conflict Juana Galan: 20-year-old Spanish barmaid, who organized women to repel French invaders with boiling water and a baton Crow two-spirit whose name means “Finds Them And Kills Them” – crackshot with a rifle The Other Magpie: Crow woman who carried a knife into a gunfight, and won. (see Osh-Tisch entry) Emmeline Pankhurst: Militant suffragette who punched, kicked, threw rocks, burnt buildings, had 30-woman strong jujitsu master bodyguard just to get the vote Laskarina Bouboulina: Born in prison, became naval commander, heroine of Greek War of independence Malalai of Maiwand: Afghan Joan of Arc, fought off British, namesake of Malala Yousafzai Qiu Jin: Chinese suffragette, studied martial arts and was firebrand, tortured and killed Takeko Nakano: Naginata-wielding seppuku-doing badass Yaeko Yamamoto: 1800s gunnery expert who wore pants in the family Tjoet Nja Dhien aka Cut Nyak Dhien: Indonesian muslim aristocrat who waged guerilla war against invading Dutch for decades, daughter continued in her shoes Carlota Lukumi: Cuban slave, led armed uprisings against plantations for a year, drawn and quartered Mary Fields: 6′ tall, smoked cigars, wielded shotgun, “Stagecoach Mary” Matilda Newport: Deported African-American who saved Liberian town and became complex heroine/villain in Liberian history Loreta Janeta Velasquez: Funded own infantry, fought for union and confederacy, had shit luck with husbands Maria Quiteria: Brazilian lieutenant, served in wall of independence; Brazilian Joan of Arc Gouyen: Apache woman who tracked down her husband’s murderer, infiltrated his camp, and stabbed him to death. Lozen: Apache prophetess and warrior who once killed a longhorn with a knife because shooting it would’ve been too noisy. Dahteste: Apache warrior, translator, messenger & negotiator for Geronimo; longtime friend of Lozen Running Eagle: Blackfoot warrior chieftan. Prostitute turned incredibly successful pirate Tarenorerer: Indigenous Australian, fought off invading British Pine Leaf / Woman Chief: Crow warrior; supposedly swore to kill 100 people before marrying after her twin brother was killed; took four wives, possibly Two-Spirit? Mochi: Cheyenne woman who, when attacked by rapist US soldier, shot him, then spent 11 years fighting the US; only female native POW Constance Markiewicz: Irish revolutionary and politician, sold jewelry to fund revolution,shot a sniper in the face, “Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels in the bank and buy a revolver.” Eliza Allen: After being denied marriage by parents, runs away, has adventures, fights in Mexican-American war Emilia Plater: Armed hundreds of peasants with war scythes, led rebellion, kept uniform on; Lithuanian Joan of Arc Flora Sandes: Serbian war nurse and soldier, given highest decorations, sworn virgin (asexual), wounded by grenade Frances Hook: enlisted in the Union army as female AND underage; when discovered and kicked out, re-enlisted somewhere else. After getting captured she impressed the Confederacy so much they tried to recruit her Molly Pitcher: Kept bringing water to US revolutionaries, took up arms herself. aka Mary Ludwig, Mary McCauley, Ludwig Hays Pearl Hart: Wild West bandit, had a wild life Sarah Emma Edmonds: Crossdressed through entire civil war to fight for the north, disguised self in blackface and other disguises Sarah Pritchard: Crossdressed to serve in Confederate army, deserted to union Malinda Blalock: Fought in civil war first as confederate, then as yankee – became marauder alongside husband Gregoria Montoya y Patricio: Filipina revolutionary, tried to avenge her husband, general who led 30 men Mamea: Tahitian queen who fought off French invaders, aka Queen of Huaheme and Queen of Raiatea Teresa Magbanua: Filipina general, financed war by selling all her stuff Trinidad Tecson: Filipina rebel; survived fatal wounds numerous times. Ma Ying Taphan: Thai Amazon chieftan, name means Great Mother of War, her devotees were addicted to duels to the death Luiza Mahin: street vendor who used her cart to organize uprisings of slaves in Brazil Nehanda Nyakasikana: Spirit medium who led Zimbabwe against colonialists in war Sarraounia: Western African warrior queen who successfully fended off French Amelio Robles: Went from woman (Amelia) to male Amelio, to fight in the Mexican Revolution. Manuela Pedraza: fought to retake Buenos Aires from British; when husband fell in battle, she killed the soldier who did it and picked up husband’s gun to fight Buffalo Calf Road: Cheyenne warrior, performed Hollywood-style rescue of her brother; The Battle Where the Girl Saved Her Brother named after her. Also continued fighting even after surrender, even while pregnant Colestah: Yakama medicine woman, psychic, and warrior; went to war, nursed husband during battle Anna Etheridge: Rode into Union battles repeatedly, handled shellshock with grace Louise Michel: “Red Virgin” – French Communard, defended against Prussian invaders, set half of Paris on fire Maria Lebstuck: Hungarian revolutionary soldier, gave birth in prison, dramatized in opera Nadezhda Durova: Disguised self as man, became distinguished cavalry officer, was thrown out of carriage as baby Sadie the Goat: Headbutted people to mug them in alleyways. American gangster and river pirate Marie-Therese Figeur: served openly in French Army for 22 years, through the French Revolution & Napoleonic era, nicknamed “Unconstrained” Vilma Beck: Hungarian spy and freedom fighter Agueda Kahabagan: Legendary Filipina revolutionary, little known about her, Tagalong Joan of Arc Paulina Pfiffner: Hungarian revolutionary soldier, disguised herself as a man Cathay Williams: first African-American woman to enlist in US army **20TH CENTURY (a note: so many frickin’ women started fighting in the 20th century, there is no way in hell this is a comprehensive list, even up to WW2. Consider more of a breezy overview of some notable characters) Petra Herrera: Mexican soldadera revolutionary who disguised self as man; one of many many active-duty soldaderas Marie Marvingt: Fought hip-deep in mud, invented first flying ambulance, piloted planes, biked Tour de France (unofficially, since women weren’t allowed), invented new kinds of surgical sutures, only person ever to win a gold medal for “all sports” – possibly the most accomplished person in human history Nancy Wake: Overwhelmingly competent WW2 resistance leader, killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. Kumander Liwayway aka Remedios Paraiso-Gomez: Led 100 men to battles, would come hair, manicure nails, and apply lipstick before battle; Joan of Arc of the Philippines Mekatilili Wa Menza: Anti-colonialist freedom fighter in Kenya, escapes prison repeatedly, continues organizing wars into her 50s and 60s. Phoolan Devi: Bandit Queen, became politician, enacted revenge, was killed out of revenge Lydia Litvyak: Soviet fighter pilot ace, flew 168 missions; see also the rest of the Night Witches Andree de Jongh: Ran Belgian resistance in WW2, worked in African leper hospitals after, “Little Cyclone” Rose Kabuye: Highest-ranking woman in Rwandan military history; VA mental health advocate; successful politician Joice Mujuru: Zimbabwe politician, downed a helicopter with a machine gun! Named “spill blood”, possibly corrupt Teurai Ropa Nhongo: Name means The Blood Spiller, guerrilla fighter in 70s who fought days after giving birth, later took office, husband was killed by Nazis, sold belongings, bought a tank, named tank Fighting Girlfriend, started killing Nazis Alexandra Boiko: like Oktyabrskaya, bought a tank with her husband so she could kill Nazis; when commander wouldn’t let her fight, she rode on motorcycle for 12 hours searching for her tank Nieves Fernandez : Filipina guerilla leader (ex-schoolteacher); killed 200 Japanese w/homemade guns; had large bounty; survived war with just a flesh wound Soraya Tarzi: Tibetan nun who led armed uprising against China, fled to meet Dalai Lama, Tibetan Joan of Arc Wu Shuqing: organized female regiment in Chinese 1911 Xinhai Revolution Hannah Szenes: Hungarian Jew parachuted into Yugoslavia to help evacuate Jews Hermine Braunsteiner: German psychopathic officer, first Nazi extradited from US, “The Stamping Mare” Tringe Smajl Martini aka Yanitza: Freedom fighter against Ottomans; became sworn virgin; Albanian Joan of Arc Hannie Schaft: Dutch WW2 resistance fighter; ended up teasing her executioner by saying she could shoot better Lorena Barros: Intellectual filipina revolutionary; fought while pregnant; tortured into miscarriage; died when refused medical attention in exchange for info Muhumusa: Ugandan rebel against Germans, British passed Witchcraft act in response Las Mariposas: 3 Dominican revolutionary sisters (the 4th, Dedé, lived to 2014) Maria Rosa: 15-year-old girl who led 6000 men in Contestado War Miriam Muhammas: Eritrean conscript (along with 12,000 others), started women’s VA, at time Eritrea was the most female-heavy army in world also the Belorussian Front Sniper Squad. Eugenie Shakhovskaya: First female Russian aviator, did recon, was an actual princess, became executioner for the Bolsheviks and died of messy circumstances Ilona Toth: Hungarian revolutionary, nurse, athlete, skydiver, fencer, nurse, sacrificed self to save others Maria Bochkareva: Made 2000-woman shaved-head woman army in WWI (Battalion of Death) James Barry aka Miranda Stuart: inspector general of Canadian hospitals, found out was woman posthumously Pearl Witherington: SOE agent, fought 2000 germans, captured 18,000, was snarky about awards Roza Shanina: WWII sniper Elaine Mordeaux: French WW2 resistance commander; unit killed 3000 Nazis and 100 vehicles in an hour, died tossing dynamite at them Mildred Harmack: Wisconsin housewife who ended up leading German resistance against Hitler, only woman to be personally executed by the man Jin Xing: transgender colonel in Chinese army, trained ballerina, appears in Tom Yum Goong Comandante Ramona: fought in Zapatista Uprising Mariana Dragescu: Romanian medical pilot during WW2, last surviving member of the White Squadron:squadron of teenage girls who used anti-aircraft guns to hold off Germans for two days Milunka Savic: Most decorated female soldier in history Vela Krylova: Russian WW2 nurse who took charge of everything, kicked, punched, and commandeered artillery in her rise to fame Hazel Ying Lee: Chinese-American pilot, flew in WWII, strong-willed and intensely capable Lai Choi San: possibly fictional pirate; reputed to have 40,000 followers. Model for “Dragon Lady” stereotype Hor Lhamo: Tibetan woman who complained about taxes; when rejected, raised army and took over province Celia Sanchez: large part in Cuban Revolution Berthe Fraser: headed French underground in WW2; tortured, former housewife Olga Benario Prestes: German Jewish communist; bodyguard and lover of Prestes as they fought against dictatorial governor of Brazil; died in Nazi concentration camp Vo Thi Sau: Vietnamese martyr, killed a bunch of French soldiers and then was executed at 19 Yun Hui-sun: After Empress Myeongseong was killed by the Japanese, she rallied a womens’ militia group to fight them off, sheltered troops; Korean Lakshmi Sahgal: “Captain Lakshmi”; OB/GYN who led all-female “Rani of Jhansi” regiment in WW2

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This well-known classical piece, See The Conquering Hero Comes, was written by Handel for the Duke of Cumberland, celebrating his victory at Culloden in 1746, and the end of the final Jacobite Rebellion. Handel was a great admirer of Britain’s Hanoverian monarchy. 

Fanfiction - Crux (Constellations series)

So I’m adding a new star to my Constellations series. I’m just so happy and grateful for the amazing response to the previous one – Sirius - a story very dear to my heart. This one takes place during the Great War (WWI) and has a guest appearance of Pride and Prejudice. See you on the other side my loves!

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Crux

The wind was howling outside, cautioning everyone to stay indoors that night, making the glass windows tremble on their frames.

Her ankles were swollen after another day spent on her patient’s bedsides; the small of her back ached; her eyelids were heavy and tender, wishfully remembering her of the need to rest. But she wasn’t ready yet – she still had to go and see him before she could surrender herself to the arms of Morpheus.

Silent as a ghost Claire crossed the hall where beds had been gathered to improvise an infirmary, finding a moment to look up and admire, not for the first time, the intricate paintings on the ceiling. The house had been a great manor, the ancient home of an important and wealthy family, with more names than she had years of life. But when the Great War came, the waves of sorrow and disgrace washing the shores of England’s countryside, the widowed and childless Lady had given her estate to serve as a Convalescent Hospital.

And so it happened that Corporal Andrews had gotten the boil in his buttock lanceted, while laying on a bed under the crest of one of Britain’s finest families; and General Byron drank his daily dose of cod’s oil on a porcelain cup.

Corporal Dawson was moving restless in his sleep, trashing about, and Claire hurried to soothe him before he injured himself even further –  his right leg had been amputated in a field hospital on the Somme before being sent home to convalesce, but his stump had stubbornly refused to heal entirely.

Covering a soldier with a blanket here and greeting a fellow sleepy nurse there, she finally arrived to the small study where his bed had been placed to further privacy and peacefulness.

“Hello, Captain Fraser.” She acknowledged him, sitting on the chair by his bed as she had done so many times in the past three months. “I have been thinking of what to say to you tonight. I’m fairly sure I’ll be out of stories to tell you soon. So maybe we’ll give this one another go, shall we?”

“She was convinced that she could have been happy with him, when it was no longer likely they should meet.”  The clock on the hall struck eleven times, announcing the late hour, as Claire closed her favourite Jane Austen book, an heirloom of her mother.

She looked at him, his eyes firmly closed. Closed, as they had been for the past three months.

It had been a sunny day, as she recalled it – the rest of the details were lost in a haze of fatigue and endless duties. An ordinary day, in the strange world they had built during the World War. Except Captain James Fraser had been brought in that day – and he had nothing ordinary about him.

He was brave, she was sure. Had to be, as he had been caught in an explosion while trying to save one man in his company that no one seemed to like very much. The wounds in his body, while quite substantial, had healed with the passing days in the field hospital. But his mind had not.

James Fraser had been in a coma since the day of the explosion, his mind escaped from his body, wandering somewhere unachievable. Nothing the doctors had tried had succeeded in bringing him back. Hope lost, they had sent him to waste away in Britain’s soil. To her.

There was just something about him that discomposed her. He was beautiful of course – his nose just long enough, his cheekbones sharp and royal, long lashes covering his closed eyes, the unique hair that contrasted deeply with the whiteness of the bedclothes – but that was just part of it. She longed to hear him talk, to know if his voice was as deep as she imagined. His lips, fleshy and well-drawn, were meant to be used in a punishing smile. And his eyes – what colour was hidden there?

She knew very little about him, only the small details that had accompanied his arrival. A Scottish war hero. Best known as Jamie. No family known. An officer well loved and respected by his men, a true leader. A man without a past and likely no future.

It seemed utterly unfair that a man so young and fearless, with a heart that kept beating with the might of thunder, was destined to lay in a bed for the rest of his days. Alone somewhere in the dark of his own mind, with no one to keep him company. He was here, but she wouldn’t get to know him.

Was he in pain? Was he asleep, immersed in memories of better days? Could he hear her and know that someone cared for him?

And so it became a ritual. At first it was just part of her tasks – come to him; access his vitals; wash his beautifully made body, getting thinner and weaker everyday he was unable to move; feed him liquids through the feeding tube in his nose, a fascinating even if somewhat crude fabrication of one of the army surgeons – but soon enough Claire would find herself sitting beside him, gazing at him with longing. Talking to him. Reading to him from her scarce collection of books.

She was unable to sleep without coming to say goodnight to him. She would tell him stories of the other patients in her ward, people whose lives she had touched briefly in those days, their victories and defeats which felt like her own. Claire would share with him the things that were precious to her, the people of her past she had cherished. And above all else, she would wish for him to wake up and answer her, challenging him to claim back the life that was his.

Each night she held his hand at the end and would whisper in his ear “I’ll see you tomorrow, Jamie.”

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Claire couldn’t remember the last time she had had a day off, so she thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to go to the village nearby and acquire some sewing thread, to mend her battered clothes, and maybe even a new book that she could share with Jamie.

As she crossed the door of her quarters, still fumbling after changing to her uniform, she watched as Nurse Neal ran down the hall, arms waving like a mad octopus.

“Nurse Beauchamp! Claire!” She suddenly halted, almost bumping against a dazed Claire.

“What is it Nurse Neal? Is something on fire?” She smiled, eyebrow raised in question.

“He is asking for you!” The blonde woman blurted. “You have to come!”

“Who is?” Claire asked, confused. “Is it General Myers again? I told him yesterday that he can cut his own toe nails. I’m a nurse, not his damned wife!”

“Captain Fraser.” The woman told her, brushing her arm with her hand. “He is awake and asking for you.”

“Jamie…?” Claire whispered, her body suddenly struck by a heat wave, her throat tight with undesired tears. “Are you sure?” Nurse Neal nodded, a big smile on her lips. Claire started in the direction of the study.

She stopped at the door, furiously trying to gather her rampant emotions, breathing deeply and slowly to calm herself. Claire gave a quick look to the mirror on the corner and saw her reflection in her blue uniform, cheeks blushed and eyes glowing.

Slowly she pushed the door open.

Blue. His eyes were the most remarkable blue she had ever seen.

He was sitting in bed, looking outside through the big window, the most curious expression on his features. Sorrow? Longing? Cautious happiness? She couldn’t say.

When he felt her enter, he turned his head and looked straight at her.

“Captain Fraser, I’m…” She began.

“Nurse Beauchamp.” He gave her an intense look. “I know who ye are. I could recognize yer voice in a room full of people and an orchestra playing.”

“You could?” Claire asked, amazed.

“Oh, aye.” He smiled, a gesture that suited him. “When the only thing ye hear for such a long time is this voice, ye get to know it verra well.”

Claire bushed. She squeezed a fold of her apron between her fingers to regain some composure.

“I must make sure everything is alright with you, Captain. You sustained very serious injuries and your state has been…delicate.”

“Of course.” And so Jamie suffered through her invasive questions, assessments and general prodding with an amused smile on his lips.

“Well, everything seems quite alright. But you are very weak, Captain. Now that you’ll be able to eat properly, you should regain your strength soon enough.”

“I thank ye, Nurse Beauchamp.” He bowed his head, gravely.

“I only did…”

“Not only for this.” Jamie interrupted, his hand touching hers. “But for everything.”

His voice was husky and Claire stopped, their eyes locked.

“Nurse…Claire….ye kept me here. When I was…asleep….Ye were the only thing that existed for me. I have heard people talk about this place they saw close to death. The white light, the path formed in front of them.” He gripped the sheets in his hand. “But for me there was nothing. I saw nothing. Only darkness.”

“Jamie…Captain Fraser…” She tried to stop him, but he went on.

“But there was this sound sometimes.” He proceeded. “A low noise, like someone humming a song. Like the voices of people I ken and love…calling and talking to me. And I felt that I might forget what living was like, find peace and comfort in that sound. I wanted sae badly to let go of everything, this useless body, and just flow with it.”

“Why didn’t you?” She asked softly.

“Because of ye.” He moved his shoulders in discomfort, like his clothes were too tight. “Ye would come and talk to me. I remember everything ye ever said to me, Claire. Every story, every book, every person ye loved and lost. I dinna wish to pain ye any further by dying, as ye seemed to care sae much.” He avoided her gaze. “And when the will to be gone was so strong that my heart felt ripped apart, I thought about how much I wanted to see ye. Ye gave me something worth living for.”

“Captain Fraser, those are bold words.” She tried to persuade him. “I’m sure you are a gentleman and very grateful but you don’t know me, not really. You shouldn’t talk like this to a complete stranger.”

“Claire,” He said impatiently. “Are ye trying to convince me or yerself? I ken what I feel well enough.” Jamie touched her face with the tip of his fingers, so cold and long, making her shiver.

“How can you…admire me…so much?” She asked astonished.

For the liveliness of your mind, I did.” He smiled, a mixture of mischief and tenderness. “I knew ye before I ever saw ye, mo nighean donn. And now that I do…It dinna change at all. Only grew, for everything about ye is beautiful. Aye?”

“Jamie.” She whispered. “I’m so glad of you. I am. But we mustn’t. You are my patient and an officer. I’m a nurse. This is highly unsuitable.”

“Aye.” He sighed, defeated, his hand dropping on the bed.

“But maybe…” She licked her lips and smiled, joyous and tentative. “When everything ends and I’m no longer Nurse Beauchamp and you’re no longer Captain Fraser. When we go back to being just Jamie and Claire….maybe then, you’d consider taking me to dinner?”

“Aye. I can wait.” Their eyes met again and Claire marvelled everytime she saw them open. Seeing her. Reflecting her. “For ye, I’d wait my entire life.”