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Celtic women, both 'ordinary' and 'extraordinary' have often been overlooked in recorded history, while their male counterparts hogged the limelight. Too often written by the victors, and written by men, for men, the incredible stories of Scottish, Irish and Welsh women have been all-too-often banished to the footnotes of our nations' interwoven histories. This collection brings together the stories of those women already well-known, whose place in history is significant and remembered - or often misremembered - and those women whose mark is found in the shadows, women whose stories are now uncovered and celebrated in a new light. Women like Iseabal Ni Mheic Cailein, Jessie Mann and Helen Crawfurd from Scotland, Petronilla de Meath, Grainne ni Mhaille and Agnes Clerke from Ireland, and Gwenllian ferch Gruffudd, Nell Gwyn and Laura Ashley from Wales, whose shared Celtic history and experiences bear remarkable similarities. Feisty and Fiery and Fierce brings together a 'coven' of 30 badass Celtic women whose stories challenge the idea that the women of the past rarely did anything worth recording. The stories of these women, and their true mark on history, will entertain you, enrage you, uplift you and inspire you.
A complete collection of Scottish fairy tales, myths and legends, bound in a beautiful new edition. From the mysterious cat-faced lady whose magic allows a servant girl to attend a prince's ball, to the princess who meets an enchanted frog; From ogres and hooded crows, to faery bagpipers and shape-shifting monsters... This book includes traditional favourites that readers will love to spot, alongside classic myths and legends from Scottish heritage.
Throughout history, Scottish women have broken the rules with attitude. WILLIAMINA FLEMING reached for the stars and took Harvard by storm. MARY SOMERVILLE challenged prejudice to claim the title 'scientist' for women. EFFIE GRAY knew the power of language to name and shame bullies and belittlers. AGNES RANDOLPH stood up to a siege and owned every minute of it like a boss. Inspirational and fierce in every sense, these sisters will fire you up to face your own modern-day dilemmas with serious style. 'I loved these powerful, moving and inspiring stories about women and sisterhood. I know so many activists and change-makers who will connect with this brilliant book and I can't wait to share it with the women in my life.' DAISY BUCHANAN
Incredible stories of the great Scots who changed the world we live in. Let the lives of these artists, explorers, poets, philosophers and engineers inspire YOU! DID YOU KNOW THAT... WILLIAMINA FLEMING was an astronomer who discovered hundreds of stars? ALEXANDER FLEMING won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of penicillin? ELSIE INGLIS set up hospitals all across Europe to treat over 200,000 soldiers? (Have you seen her on a GBP50 note?) ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON'S family of engineers built more than 100 lighthouses? PRAISE for STRONG BRAVE TRUE: A wonderfully colourful, fun-packed, characterful introduction to the famous and not-so-famous Scots who made their mark on history . . . A must-have for any young historian or true Scot! Loved it! - PHILIP ARDAGH, Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author Who wouldn't want to be Scottish after reading this splendid book? - ROSS COLLINS, Prize-winning author of The Elephantom