Hidden historical heroines (#13: “Skittles”)

  Catherine Walters, also known as “Skittles” (13 June 1839 – 4 August 1920) was a renowned trendsetter and media darling; she was the last great Victorian courtesan, famed for her natural beauty, her discretion and for being less flamboyant and much more classy than her numerous contemporaries.   Born just a few years into […]

Hidden historical heroines (#07: Lola Montez)

  Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, Countess of Landsfeld (17 February 1818 – 17 January 1861) – better known by the stage name Lola Montez – was an Irish-born dancer who found world-wide fame on the stage and as a courtesan.  Her mother, Elizabeth Oliver, was the daughter of an Irish MP. She married a solider – […]