The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Women's Biography: by Maggy Hendry, Jenny Uglow

By Maggy Hendry, Jenny Uglow

The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Women's Biography includes crucial info of the lives of over 2100 girls from all sessions, cultures and walks of life--from queens to chefs, engineers to entertainers, pilots to poisoners. as well as new entries overlaying the earlier 5 years, the historic insurance has additionally been broadened in accordance with new examine, as has assurance of ladies from 3rd international international locations. With subsections for extra interpreting, a accomplished topic index and bibliographical survey, the Dictionary of Women's Biography is a useful reference resource, priced for each woman's bookshelf.

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Always determined to act, in  she read for CHARLOTTE SAUNDERS CUSHMAN who suggested she train in New York. Her first appearance was as Juliet at the age of  in Louisville, and she then Andersson, Harriet toured the cities of the South and West before making her New York debut in  in The Lady of Lyons. After six years of triumphant tours she made her first London appearance at the Lyceum as Parthenia in Ingomar in . S. Gilbert. In  she retired after a nervous breakdown, and the following year married Antonio de Navarro and settled in Worcestershire.

Her brother, Caligula, was then on the throne, and after Domitius died, he accused her of adultery and treason, confiscated her estate and banished her. On the accession of Claudius she was reinstated, and married the wealthy Crispus Passienus. The subject of plots by VALERIA MESSALINA, she gradually acquired influence over Claudius, whom she married in AD. She then organized the succession for her son, relentlessly destroying rivals, and is believed eventually to have murdered Claudius himself with poisoned mushrooms (AD).

Praised by leading contemporary critics for her beauty, wit and talent, she created a ‘type’ (which was to feature | 19 |                                                   in all the ‘Isabella dramas’ of the later commedia repertoire) in plays such as La Pazzia di Isabella, played at Florence in  at the wedding of the Grand Duke Ferdinand. The troupe toured Northern Italy and France for many years, but Isabella died in childbirth in Lyons in  on their journey back to Italy after four years in Paris.

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