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Desert Queen - The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia-logo

Desert Queen - The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia

Janet Wallach

Turning her back on her privileged life in Victorian England, Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), fired by her innate curiosity, journeyed the world and became fascinated with all things Arab. Traveling the length and breadth of the Arab region, armed with a love for its language and its people, she not only produced several enormously popular books based on her experiences but became instrumental to the British foreign office. When World War I erupted, and the British needed the loyalty of the Arab leaders, it was Gertrude Bell's work and connections that helped provided the brain for T. E. Lawrence's military brawn. After the war she participated in both the Paris and Cairo conferences, played a major role in creating the modern Middle East, and was generally considered the most powerful woman in the British Empire. In this incident-packed biography, Janet Wallach reveals a woman whose achievements and independent spirit were especially remarkable for her times, and who brought the same passion and intensity to her explorations as she did to her rich romantic life. Too long eclipsed by Lawrence's fame, Gertrude Bell emerges in this first major biography as a woman whose accomplishments rank as crucial to world history (especially in light of the continuing geopolitical importance of the Middle East) and whose life was a grand adventure.

Turning her back on her privileged life in Victorian England, Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), fired by her innate curiosity, journeyed the world and became fascinated with all things Arab. Traveling the length and breadth of the Arab region, armed with a love for its language and its people, she not only produced several enormously popular books based on her experiences but became instrumental to the British foreign office. When World War I erupted, and the British needed the loyalty of the Arab leaders, it was Gertrude Bell's work and connections that helped provided the brain for T. E. Lawrence's military brawn. After the war she participated in both the Paris and Cairo conferences, played a major role in creating the modern Middle East, and was generally considered the most powerful woman in the British Empire. In this incident-packed biography, Janet Wallach reveals a woman whose achievements and independent spirit were especially remarkable for her times, and who brought the same passion and intensity to her explorations as she did to her rich romantic life. Too long eclipsed by Lawrence's fame, Gertrude Bell emerges in this first major biography as a woman whose accomplishments rank as crucial to world history (especially in light of the continuing geopolitical importance of the Middle East) and whose life was a grand adventure.
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Turning her back on her privileged life in Victorian England, Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), fired by her innate curiosity, journeyed the world and became fascinated with all things Arab. Traveling the length and breadth of the Arab region, armed with a love for its language and its people, she not only produced several enormously popular books based on her experiences but became instrumental to the British foreign office. When World War I erupted, and the British needed the loyalty of the Arab leaders, it was Gertrude Bell's work and connections that helped provided the brain for T. E. Lawrence's military brawn. After the war she participated in both the Paris and Cairo conferences, played a major role in creating the modern Middle East, and was generally considered the most powerful woman in the British Empire. In this incident-packed biography, Janet Wallach reveals a woman whose achievements and independent spirit were especially remarkable for her times, and who brought the same passion and intensity to her explorations as she did to her rich romantic life. Too long eclipsed by Lawrence's fame, Gertrude Bell emerges in this first major biography as a woman whose accomplishments rank as crucial to world history (especially in light of the continuing geopolitical importance of the Middle East) and whose life was a grand adventure.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jean Gilpin

Length:

20h 16m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:25


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:54


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:30


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:53


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:25


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:30


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:23


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:35


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:38


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:17


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:27


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:00


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:40


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:01


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:07


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:51


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:40


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:54


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:25


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:33


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:14


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:19


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:34


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:17


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:12


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:47


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:13


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:29


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:05


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:41


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:03


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:18


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:38


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:38


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:36


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:06


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:27


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:01


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:18


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:08


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:50


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:36


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:35


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:32


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:08


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:28


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:41


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:04


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:42


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:56


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:51


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:59


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:01


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:27


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:13


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:45


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:00


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:53


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:37


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:23


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:15


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:36


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:22


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:42


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:56


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:02


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:07


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:16


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:31


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:17


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:49


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:50


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:10


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:24


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:12


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:47


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:57


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

08:23


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:19


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:39


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:56


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:49


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:49


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:14


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:30


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:06


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:05


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:09


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:09


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:22


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:55


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:17


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:11


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:12


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:52


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:56


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:26


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:04


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:55


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

07:16


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

06:33


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

06:22


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:09


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:09


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:49


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:10


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

06:12


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:18


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

06:57


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:16


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

06:46


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:18


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:42


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:31


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:03


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

06:32


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:01


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:30


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

05:29


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

05:19


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:44


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:09


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:49


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

06:29


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:52


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

06:04


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

07:03


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

05:15


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

05:25


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

07:32


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

06:23


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

06:18


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:08


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

05:20


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

03:59


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

07:00


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

07:13


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

05:17


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

04:44


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

06:07


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

08:09


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

07:43


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:36


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

07:35


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

06:41


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

05:51


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

04:17


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

04:03


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

05:35


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

04:44


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

05:27


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

08:24


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

06:42


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

06:29


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

05:30

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