As today is the 95th anniversary of the execution of Mata Hari, today’s offering from our bookstore is –
LOVE, LIES & THE UNKNOWN LIFE OF
AUTHOR- Pat Shipman
PUBLISHED- Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London. 2007
FORMAT– Hb, 450pp, illustrated, refs, notes, index
CONDITION- Used…ex-library stock, so expect library stamps/marks/stickers.
Dust-jacket, slight wear.
Book in good, sound & clean condition
In 1917, the notorious dancer Mata Hari was arrested, tried, and executed for espionage. It was charged at her trial that the dark-eyed siren was responsible for the deaths of at least 50,000 gallant French soldiers.
Irrefutably, she had been the mistress of many senior Allied officers and government officials, even the French Minister of War: a point viewed as highly suspicious. Worse yet, she spoke several European languages fluently and travelled widely in wartime Europe. But was she guilty of espionage ?
For all the publicity Mata Hari and her trial received, key questions remain unanswered. These questions concern not only her inadequate trial and her unproven guilt, but also the events in her personal life.
What propelled Margaretha Zelle, destined to be a Dutch schoolteacher, to transform herself into Mata Hari, the most desirable woman in early 20th-century Paris ?
She danced before enthusiastic crowds in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Monte Carlo, Milan and Rome, inspiring admiration, jealousy, and bitter condemnation.
This biography pinpoints the powerful yet dangerous attributes that evoked such strong emotions in those who met Mata Hari. Hitherto the focus has been on espionage. This is the first account to explore the events that shaped her life and caused the transformation from rural Dutch girl to international femme fatale.