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Damn' Rebel Bitches: The Women of the '45
Damn’ Rebel Bitches takes a totally fresh approach to the history of the Jacobite Rising by telling fascinating stories of the many women caught up in the turbulent events of 1745–46. Many historians have ignored female participation in the ’45: this book aims to redress the balance. Drawn from many original documents and letters, the stories that emerge of the women – and ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 16th 2000 by Mainstream Publishing
(first published March 1st 2000)
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Apr 03, 2019 Mary Arkless rated it really liked it · review of another edition
The writing is easy to read and often amusing. This is the story of women involved in the Jacobite uprising of 1745-46, whether they wanted to or were caught up by happening around them. Some actively supported Bonnie Prince Charlie, some badgered their husbands until they joined the cause, some tried to keep their husbands from going off to support the rebellion, some husbands were conscripted and their wives and children bore the brunt of it, others were pressed into aiding the cause by their ...more
Sep 17, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating perspective on a historical event that has considerably dark repercussions. Despite the grim position that hindsight offers us towards such historical events, Craig was able to successfully harness the use of humour and sarcasm in her work, combining it with stories of amusing close-shaves (the one where Lady Strange's future husband hides literally under her skirts from English officers comes to mind) to create that offered up refreshing breaks from accounts of the ghastl ...more
DAMN' REBEL BITCHES: THE WOMEN OF THE '45 by Maggie Craig was an absolutely amazing look at the women who, for various reasons, were active in the Highland Rising of 1745-46 in support of the House of Stuart. I have read other books on this topic but never have seen one devoted to the women's stories like this book is. I have heard bits and pieces of some of these stories before ( I mean, who with any knowledge of Scottish history has not heard of Flora MacDonald or Jenny Cameron). But to have a ...more
This book is such a worthwhile read, I can't recommend it highly enough. Women & what they did during the rebellions of the 18th century have been sidelined and ignored for a very long time, it's delightful to actually hear about them. This book focuses on the Jacobite women, however it does discuss the Hanoverian women too. Maggie Craig does a very good job of discussing the topic in a very easy to read narrative, not so much setting up a strict timeline of events as telling many many stori ...more
Such a good book for my HSC major work. The opinions met my needs and I’m happy to say that the book flows and connects together like a ton of giant magnetised blocks. Craig has fascinating opinions and uses much contemporary historical evidence. Whilst it isn’t directly referenced most of the time, when she did reference it was in the right place and extremely helpful.
Supremely engaging and entertaining history. I did read this just after visiting the Culloden battle site, before which I knew virtually nothing about the Jacobite rebellion. So may hold less interest for others. But there were many anecdotes that were amusing, interesting, or tragic. Any history prioritising women's stories is a find, and this one was a cracking read too.
The narrative skips around a lot, from before the rising to afterward to during and back again–– but once I got used to that, it was a great read. These fascinating women definitely deserve more attention. We should've seen some of them in Outlander!
I'm a Scottish writer of fiction and non-fiction and love the beauty and the history of my native land. I've expressed my enthusiasm for the latter through non-fiction books. These include the definitive study of women's involvement in the 1745 Jacobite Rising, Damn' Rebel Bitches: The Women of the '45, described by one critic as a 'modern classic.' I later published its companion volume Bare-Arse ...more