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Wicked Women in History
Famous Women : Infamous
"Ever since Eve, women have been causing all sorts of mischief in the world. Here are some of the very worst. Can you identify them?"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
In 330 BC, this courtesan is said to have taunted Alexander the Great into burning down the city of Persepolis.
She was the daughter of Ethbaal of Phoenicia, married King Ahab of Israel, and ended up being eaten by dogs for her evil ways. Who was this murderous idol worshipper?
In about 1479 BC, this Egyptian queen, the widow of Pharaoh Tuthmosis II, became regent for her infant stepson, Tuthmosis III. Six years later she usurped his throne, and had herself declared Pharaoh. She also engaged in a scandalous affair with a commoner named Senemut. Who was she?
This traitoress betrayed the city of Rome to its Sabine enemies and received a gruesome death as her reward.
This wife of the Emperor Claudius is remembered as one of the wickedest women in the history of the Roman Empire - quite a distinction! She was also the mother Claudius' son, Brittanicus. She was executed in 48 AD. Her first name was Valeria.
This Hungarian noblewoman liked to bathe in the blood of young girls to maintain her youthful appearance. She is said to have killed over 600 of them before her death in 1614.
Born in 1480, this notorious poisoner was the daughter of Pope Alexander VI. She was rumored to have had unnatural relations with both her father and her brother, Caesar. Both her second husband, Alfonso of Aragon, and her lover, Ercole Strozzi, were violently murdered. Who was she?
This English queen got her jollies by burning Protestants at the stake (over 200 hundred of them). She was also prepared to turn her kingdom over to the Spanish. Who was this really awful daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon?
Speaking of bad queens, who was the she-devil who ruled Madagascar from 1828 until 1861 and enjoyed throwing Christians off cliffs for amusement?
Now for something completely different. Who was the aristocratic English lady whom legend has falsely accused of engaging in highway robbery, and who was the subject of a 1945 film starring James Mason and Margaret Lockwood called, appropriately enough, "The Wicked Lady?"
Dame Sarah Cowper
Lady Katherine Ferrers
Who was the notorious female pirate who, in company with Mary Read, became famous in 1700s along with their mutual lover, Calico Jack Rackham?
Who is Mary Mallon better remembered as?
The Black Dahlia
This notorious Nazi sadist is known to history as "The Bitch of Buchenwald."
From 1920 to 1950, this woman made a fortune by stealing children from their mothers and selling them on the black market. Who was the heartless director of the Tennessee Children's home?
She was born November 29, 1900, in Portland, Maine. Her name at birth was Mildred Elizabeth Sisk, but who is she better known as?
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