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Adventures of a Desert Queen
A Lecture by Gertrude Bell
Adapted and performed by Betsey Means
Directed by Eileen Vorbach

"I am happy in helping to forward what I profoundly believe to be the best thing for this country and the wish of the best of its people."

About Gertrude Bell
Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) was a lone English woman in the male Muslim world
of the Middle East; a famous author who wrote about the Arabs, an
acknowledged archeologist, a courageous traveler who dined with china and
crystal, dressed in extravagant clothes, rode on a camel and horse and
penetrated dangerous regions of the Arabian desert.

Ms. Bell was the most powerful woman in the British Empire in the years
after WW1. She was named to the high post of Oriental Secretary and
achieved nothing less than a miracle by creating the modern state of Iraq.
Gertrude was the winner of the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society;
the honorary director of antiquities at the Baghdad Museum; and the
recipient of a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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