Or, the life and times of courtesan-stripper-spy-legend Mata Hari.
I think she's the best-known of a whole squadron of European and American women who pulled the "I am an exotic princess from India/Bali/Malaysia" move (which in turn was a close cousin to various kinds of pretend-Indian (Native American) moves in the U.S.). Mary Baker, aka Princess Caraboo, is another well-known example.
I now am living for the next episode of these astounding stories! Thank you, thank you! LOL
A Tip for the Hangman was one of my favorite books I read during that fever dream that was Covid. I'd very much recommend it to any fans of historical fiction or renaissance England. I just preordered your new book because I know it will be a badass read.
Also I have to say, Mata Hari is one of my favorite dirtbags. Plus you gotta love a story where hubris brings down the protagonist. Thanks!
Yes!!! Omg finally! Am I right about her or am I right about her??
"If you know of a lady dirtbag with a good husband who lovingly enabled her dirtbaggery, please recommend her to me in the comments."
I would submit Queen Jezebel. Her husband, the King of Israel, allowed her to bring her religion with her to his land and she built quite a following. She was tougher than he was. But her quote would be: I totally killed that dude for his vineyard but in absolutely not a whore.
Délicieuse, cette petite Mata!
One for the ages. And so with you the Lola Montez connection!
I am so happy your Substack infiltrated my mostly illustration related recs! Im inspired! I need to draw all these dirt bags!
Just adored this true GEM, esp. the Wilhelm II caption let me spill my coffee. „Whoops.“ :-D Many thanks from a german w dutch roots - can‘t wait for the next one!
As a dirtbag male, I thoroughly enjoyed this!
I got the Pave joke and will forever think of our slutty dirtbag queen mata whenever he pops up in Animal Crossing. ❤️
This one actually made me a little sad! But inspired captions which definitely made me laugh - and I loved the Animal Crossing reference.
Beautiful badass but not very smart, she did not deserve her end. It would have helped the war effort more if she could have entertained the troops. But I do love the idea of Mata Hari as a kindergarten teacher! By the way, you must have had a lot of trouble with Hari being replaced by predictive text, with 'hair' - Mata Hair does not have the same vibe.
Omg there's a reference to her in a Three Stooges episode that I finally understand now