Oh…all right, I have decided after much
So far we have…Messalina, Salome and Mae West, .who were of course blogged with Milady Van Zandt. http://antoniavanzandt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/lady-furys-ladies-with-shehanne-moore.html
Artemisia Gentileschi and Judith of Bethulia who were blogged with Eleanor of Castile, http://beloved-eleanor.co.uk/blog/introducing-the-indomitable-lady-fury/
Elizabeth Armistead, Laskarina Boubalina and Lady Jean Claverhouse….. Somewhat mixed I am sure you will say.
To return to Sapphire, on reflection the poor woman has had much to contend with. Any heroine of Shehanne’s does. Of course she will say it is the heroes who do. What a lie. I feel that after a sticky start, I will say I find things to admire in Milady Lazuli.
The business of the names for a start. How on earth does she put up with them all? Still, I suppose that a variety of names among thieves was common. a variety of strange ones too.
When it comes to names the most famous housebreaker of the previous era to Sapphire’s, Jack Sheppard, was apprehended by James “Hell-and-Fury” Sykes. Sheppard had a master, William Kneebone, a partner, Joseph “Blueskin” Blake, and a ‘friend’ Elizabeth “Edgworth Bess” Lyon.
So I suppose this Cassidy/Cass/Armstrong/ Saff/Sapphire/ Laz/Lazuli thing is nothing. Granted Sapphire is a thief… But do you know the poor woman was made to do so at five years old. AND my understanding is that thieving dens weren’t all her keeper ran.
How can I not admire a woman who used her wits to stay out of a brothel?
that she and her little brother were handed to a gang of thieves when her mother died. I am not going to tell you what happens there re her belief, but I will say that she absolutely looked out for him, stole for him, did everything she could to stop the gang hurting him because he was an invalid. It was a most convenient way for them to blackmail her into stealing.
What’s more in her little way, in addition to trying to save one of the gang, Pearl, from having her life. she does try to help Lord Devorlane with his many addictions. As you can see…
he’s very grateful too, which I suppose having been called as much myself, I do want to add her to my ladies.