Milbry Polk and Mary Tiegreen: ‘Women of Discovery – A Celebration of Intrepid Women who explored the World’
Their destinies are as different as the number of tales. The reasons to travel around, explore and document unseen places are sometimes the love for adventure and the will to get in the unknown. But there are also stories of sorrow and non-voluntary journeys. The Chinese Lady Wen-Chi was kidnapped by Mogul soldiers and their prisoner for 15 years. The Dutch girl Elizabeth van der Woude lost her whole family while traveling to South America 1676 over the Atlantic. Just to name two of the 79 short-biographies.
Polk and Tiegreen have a factual and impressive style, so the book is exciting to read.
The extent of stories is form one to six pages per biography, illustrated by historical photography and portraits to show the heroes faces. The book has five subdivisions: The oldest tales of travelers, female explores who went to the blank areas of the maps, travelling scientists, innovating artists and explores at the edge of limits. Written down in chronological sequences. The author Milbery Polk herself is a traveler, who explore the northern polar area by canoe and is member of the Royal Geographical Society in London. So this book is in some ways a search and a collection of her precursors.
The fact that all tales are historical correct, is the reason that ‘Women of Discovery’ is a huge motivation and inspiration! For everyone who loves traveling and is nosey for the world, this lecture invites you to explore new horizons, doesn’t matter what social conventions are telling. So many women did it before; some dressed as man in the early days, others as artist and scientist in later time. While reading, there is a deep respect for all these depicted biographies of brave women.
If you want to know more about the author, history and background of “Women of Discovery: A Celebration of Intrepid Women who explored the World” follow the link and listen to a detailed interview with author Milbry Polk.