Mary Seacole didn't let the open ocean stop her, nor fire, war, discrimination or bureaucracy. She made *several* places for herself in a world that tried to shut her down, building a business while caring for thousands of soldiers with herbs, a hand on their foreheads, and a full heart.
Louise Brooks made bridge-burning her hobby; as a result, this almost-forgotten star of stage and screen has only recently begun to shine again.
Gilded Age Servants and Heiresses, Revisited
We double time travel back to the Gilded Age and The House of Wood, 2011, for this combined revisit to look at the lives of servants and heiresses who shared a roof but whose lives were very, very different.
Isabella of Castile Part 2
We wrap up the story of Isabella of Castile with a few more of her long-lasting legacies (including supercharging the role of the queen in the game of chess) and the dispersal of her own pawns on the marital chessboard of Europe.
Isabella of Castile Part 1
Never before have we covered a woman with such far reaching influence. This determined woman began by pulling off a coup, then branched out into such far reaching endeavors as the Spanish Inquisition, the settlement of the Americas, and transforming the queen (in chess and in life) into the most powerful piece on the board.