Thursday, 20 June 2019

796) Maud Gonne

Maud Gonne MacBride (1866 – 1953). English-born Irish revolutionary, suffragette and actress. Of Anglo-Irish descent, she was won over to Irish nationalism by the plight of evicted people in the Land Wars. She also actively agitated for Home Rule.
In 1903 she married John MacBride and the following year they had a son, Seàn. They separated in 1905.

- "She was young, twenty-two, tall with flaming red hair..."  https://www.bl.uk/…/poe…/yeats/josephinehart/aboutyeats.html

- "Maud Gonne was six feet tall with a figure and face to match, and golden crown of red hair. She was classed among the great beauties of her era."  https://thewildgeese.irish/…/maud-gonne-nationalist-revolut…

- "Maud Gonne was presented at the viceregal court in Dublin the following year, and, with her striking height (she was nearly six feet tall) and red-gold hair, her beauty made an immediate impression." https://www.encyclopedia.com/…/encyclo…/gonne-maud-1866-1953

- "At 6 foot tall, with masses of auburn hair and fiery eyes, she was considered majestically beautiful and would spend her life fighting tirelessly for the cause of Irish Independence."  https://www.glasnevintrust.ie/…/intera…/maud-gonne-macbride/

 - "According to his biographer R F Foster, Maud Gonne appeared to Yeats "majestic, unearthly… Immensely tall, bronze-haired, with a strong profile and beautiful skin, she was a fin-de-siecle beauty in Valkyrie mode".  https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31064648



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