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A Georgian Heroine: The Intriguing Life of Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs

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Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs lived an incredible life, one which proved that fact is often much stranger than fiction. As a young woman she endured a tortured existence at the hands of a male tormentor, but emerged from that to reinvent herself as a playwright and author; a political pamphleteer and a spy, working for the British Government and later singlehandedly orga ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 30th 2017 by Pen & Sword Books
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Regan Walker
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating Look at one woman’s heroic accomplishments in the Georgian Era

Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs was an amazing woman, particularly for her time and this is her story as told by two authorities in the Georgian Era. As the authors say,

Charlotte tantalizes with a glimpse of the passionate and brave
woman that lay beneath her carefully cultivated, respectable, almost
nondescript demeanor before she once again draws down the veil
and shields that side of her character from view.

The story be
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Kristin
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
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I would like to thank Pen and Sword for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Following the intriguing life of Rachel Charlotte Williams Briggs, this biography the story of a women involved with revolution and government. It was really interesting to find out about Charlotte, whom I had never heard of before. However, it could have spent more time on Charlotte herself, there is lots of information on her family and friends.
Jacqui Reiter
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs, or simply Charlotte Biggs, as she is known for most of the book, is something of an enigma. She was clearly a woman who did not fit at all into the 18th century mould. Of middle-class origins, she overcame the early destruction of her reputation to become a self-made woman with the ear of some of the most famous politicians of the era.

It makes for a fascinating story, and the tale of Mrs Biggs – if, indeed, she was ever truly 'Mrs Biggs', but that's a story for t
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Naomi Clifford
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For their third book, Joanne Major and Sarah Murden, who specialise in bringing out obscure personalities from the hidden folds of history, have chosen Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs (1760s–1827), who was born in respectable ‘middling’ circumstances, suffered severe trauma in a series of shockingly brutal events, and went on to build a new life as a political commentator, propagandist and playwright and more.

As the authors point out, few would have guessed on meeting the middle-aged Charlotte (
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Rosie Amber
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Georgian Heroine: The Intriguing Life Of Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs is a biography of an unsung heroine who I found fascinating.

Charlotte (as she preferred to be called) was born in Wales in the 1760s, was educated in France, but her main story begins in the 1770s. Her family were living in Lambeth where she fell in love with a young man called David Ochterlony. He remained in her heart for the rest of her life, but once he left England, bound for India, she never saw him again. He was to
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Jennifer
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s easy to think of the Georgian period as all fancy dress and good manners … until you read this book. Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs has barely reached adulthood when she is stalked, kidnapped, raped and held captive for 2 years by a man who claims to love her. But there is still a whole life to be lived where she will work as a spy for the government, be held captive by the French, and never have the opportunity to be with the man she has always loved.

With little to go on, the authors have
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Rosemarie
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting, well-written narrative, exploring the life and adventures of an unknown but influential Georgian woman.
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