She was the leader of a group of spies including many women who provided important information to the british through occupied belgium and the netherlands. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Clair and eve gardiner begin as antagonists, whereas eve. Several french towns have given her name to streets, schools and other structures. Cover of the book the queen of spies by major thomas coulson. I was surprised when i realised that i was reading about a. The network spied on the germans and submitted their intelligence to britian. Although from a penniless background the family fortune disappeared before she was born, she was well educated and eventually became a housekeeper to english and german families. Gilbert mapplebeck rfc page 2 air personnel and the war. World war is most successful spy ring was called the alice network, and it was run by a woman. Lili, codenamed alice, the queen of spies and the covert alice network, infiltrate the german lines in rural france. Louise was a real person and i found eves story of spying on the german officers and. Resistance to the first german occupation remembrance trails. Louise was a real person and i found eves story of spying on the german officers and how she would pass information fascinating.
Dee one of the secondary characters in the story was a real person during the war from the book description. Dec 08, 2017 lili, codenamed alice, the queen of spies and the covert alice network, infiltrate the german lines in rural france. By major thomas coulson in the queen of spies constable, 7s. And several events that take place in the story really happened. She faces many challenges as she gathers intel, and one has to admire her dedication and grit. The courage, ingenuity, and resourcefulness of the woman christened the queen of spies needs no exaggeration to make for thrilling reading. Female friendship is a constant theme throughout the alice network.
The queen of spies through the world wars great falls tribune. Today, a statue of the queen of spies continues to watch over the city of lille. Search for library items search for lists search for. Lili is another complex character and eves mentor, friend and confidante. The queen of spies 20 sep 1935 the spectator archive. The lordship of bettignies was located near the city of mons in what is now belgium. She was arrested, sentenced to death in march 1916 and deported to the prison of siegburg.
Its a shame she isnt better known, as kate quinn says of her in the authors note. She was captured by the germans and, although a death sentence was commuted, she died in prison in 1918. The battle of verdun was reported by this network of spies, but as quinn relates in the notes, it tragically went unbelieved at the command level. He ranks her higher than such celebrated women spies as mata hari and irma staub, and, wh. This book is full of such exploits, as amazing as any that ever came out of the. It was a surprising, rabbitwarren of a novel, following the interconnected. The battle of verdun was reported by this network of spies, but as quinn relates in the notes, it. This truelife story is skilfully told from eves point of view and impacts on the unfolding novel, changing lives over time. The second world war is over, but the world is reeling in its aftermath.938 1151 1299 484 319 696 1452 473 90 188 1 210 1181 1079 1156 981 632 782 976 179 155 40 561 684 252 620 1102 627 1132 662 697 1108 497 768 1356 1560 1597 675 429 706 550 395 1029 599 253 512 1022 75 1051