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Historic Girls

Elbridge Streeter Brooks

Book Overview: 

Twelve short stories of real girls who have influenced the history of their times.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .She is here, O Prefect," said the intrepid girl. "I am that rebel—Helena of Britain!"

The smile upon the prefect's face changed to sudden sternness.

"Trifle not with Roman justice, girl," he said, "I demand the keeping of thy word."

"It is kept," replied the princess. "Helena of Britain is the cause and motive of this revolt against Rome. If it be rebellion for a free prince to claim his own, if it be rebellion for a prince to withstand for the sake of his people the unjust demands of the conqueror, if it be rebellion for one who loveth her father to urge that father to valiant deeds in defence of the liberties of the land over which he ruleth as king, then am I a rebel, for I have done all these, and only because of my words did the king, my father, take up arms against the might and power of Rome. I am the chief rebel. Do with me as thou wilt."

And now the prefect saw that the girl spoke the truth, and that she had inde. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It was interesting stories but the writing left a little to be desired.

I learnt a lot about historical women from this book. Although it is written in a style from the past, it is still interesting and a good read.

An interesting read, several of these girls I hadn't heard about.
It's naturally coloured by the time in which it's written, Brooks adds a bit of moral at the end of each story, but I think a modern writer would as well, though in a different way, focusing on different things.

I see that some thin...more

Good book to understand the women of the past who were heroes of their time. Writing is a little outdated and at some places makes for difficult reading