So, I will no longer be here to tell you about historical women you can read about, but historical women still exist!

Eleanor of Aquitaine. SHIT HOW DID I NOT GET AROUND TO THIS? Look, she was portrayed excellently (if not completely, 100% factually) by Katharine Hepburn, my all time favorite movie star, in The Lion in Winter. Here’s the trailer, you’ll probably like it:


And this is a good biography on her. You can’t go wrong with Marion Meade. 

Also, my friend Molly Crabapple will be furious if I do not mention Marie Duplessis. She was the inspiration for La Dame Aux Camelias, which was, in turn the inspiration for Traviata. So, obviously, if you love music about courtesans being beautiful and despairing, this is the lady for you. Rest assured Julie Kavanagh has you covered.

And then there’s Bette Davis, who I kept, continually, meaning to do something on. Bette Davis, who said awesome things like, “I’d marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars, would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he’d be dead within a year.” And “Basically, I believe the world is a jungle, and if it’s not a bit of a jungle in the home, a child cannot possibly be fit to enter the outside world.” She was sort of a jungle cat, Bette Davis. The book dark Victory: The Life Of Bette Davis is very good if you’re interested in vaguely scandalous ladies.

And those were my next three.

Hopefully Shelved Dolls will still exist somewhere. Follow me on Twitter to look out for it.

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