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After her beloved husband was forced to fight for William III, Mrs Christian `Kit' Welsh was not going to let her happy home be torn apart by war. Instead, she donned her husband's clothes and joined the Duke of Marlborough's Dragoons. Under the name of Christopher Welsh, she began her pursuit of her `brother' Richard, which took her across Europe, onto the battlefield throughout the Nine Years War and the War of the Spanish Succession, and through an exploration of her own identity as a woman, wife, mother and soldier.
Women Warriors explores the compelling lives of ten extraordinary women who rejected the limits that society placed upon their sex, by dressing as men and entering the masculine worlds of the state and military. These women fought, slept, grumbled and caroused alongside their fellow soldiers, all without discovery over various time periods - from weeks to decades. Despite the restrictions on women in close combat in the military, which still hold today, these women were involved in pivotal battles throughout history, including Ramillies, Bull Run, the fight for colonial India, and in the trenches of the First World War. They were wounded, taken prisoner, fought duels and risked life and limb for their country alongside their male comrades.
Tracey Ann Knight graduated BA (Hons) English Literature and History from Lancaster University. A freelance writer and historian, Tracey has collected stories of extraordinary women, both heroic and villainous, as she has travelled across Europe with her soldier husband.