Biographies & Memoirs

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

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

Turning away from the privileged world of the "eminent Victorians," Gertrude Bell (1868—1926) explored, mapped, and excavated the world of the Arabs. Recruited by British intelligence during World War I, she played a crucial role in obtaining the loyalty of Arab leaders, and her connections and information provided the brains to match T. E. Lawrence's brawn. After the war, she played a major role in creating the modern Middle East and was, at the time, considered the most powerful woman in the British Empire.

Prologue

Part I - A Victorian

Chapter 1: Of Great and Honored Stock

Chapter 2: A Man’s World

Chapter 3: An Ill-Fated Marriage

Chapter 4: Flight

Chapter 5: First Steps in the Desert

Chapter 6: A Different Challenge

Chapter 7: The Desert and the Sown

Chapter 8: Women’s Rights

Chapter 9: Lawrence

Chapter 10: Dick

Chapter 11: Toward Hayil

Chapter 12: Prisoner in Arabia

Chapter 13: Rumblings of War

Chapter 14: A Tragic End

Chapter 15: Escape to the East

Chapter 16: A Remarkably Clever Woman

Part II - The Khatun

Chapter 17: A Messy Situation

Chapter 18: An Independent Woman

Chapter 19: Baghdad

Chapter 20: Disarray

Chapter 21: Paris and the Arab Question

Chapter 22: The Arab Mood

Chapter 23: A Change of Thinking

Chapter 24: Desert Storms

Chapter 25: A Taste of England

Chapter 26: The Clash

Chapter 27: An Unpleasant Victory

Chapter 28: Cox Returns

Chapter 29: The Cairo Conference

Chapter 30: Resistance

Chapter 31: Faisal

Chapter 32: The King

Chapter 33: Ken

Chapter 34: Farewell to Cox

Chapter 35: Troubles

Chapter 36: To Sleep

Epilogue

The Hashemite Family of Sharif Hussein of Mecca

Endnotes

Bibliography