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Damn' Rebel Bitches: The Women of the '45

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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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Mary Arkless
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
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
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Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
The book is entertaining and does provide some decent information. However, in trying to use this book for research? I would not suggest it.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well researched and engagingly written. Maggie Craig treats her subjects with dignity, as real human women rather than just bit-players on the stage of history. Highly recommended.
Barbara Henderson
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Informative, opinionated, hilarious and often unexpected. Exactly how I like my non-fiction. An excellent read, offering an often forgotten perspective!
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't know why but this was really a slog.
Rebecca Anderson
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scotland
I have read this book cover-to-cover twice and now am in and out of it as a reference so often it would probably count as 5+ reads. I will always have this book near.
Terri Hale
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great historical read! I love Maggie Craig's writing! It's great to hear stories of the rebellion with women as the focus!
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Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, scotland
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!
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Solid research in primary sources, cracking lively voice, explicitly feminist - basically all history should be written like this.
Karen Charbonneau
Apr 18, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a good read for the person interested in the various aspects of the Rising of the '45 in Scotland.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Fascinating and entertaining, a wonderful combination and well-written on top of that.
Mick Bordet
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
An interesting take on the Jacobite uprising of 1745 and its disastrous after-effects, from the perspective of some of the woman affected on both sides.
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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