For those who are unfamiliar with why anyone would wish to make a film about someone named Gertrude Bell, go here. She had a great deal to do with Europe's arbitrary drawing of national boundaries out of the Middle East's ancient kingdoms and tribes, including those of Iraq. Many books have been written about her, while she wrote books about herself by herself as well.
|Left to Right: Winston Churchill, Bell, T.E. Lawrence|
Myself, while recognizing. Bell's accomplishments, which, like those of Lawrence, her friend and contemporary, contributed much to the strong current in British society and politics that admires the desert, the Bedouin and pro-Arab interest, I continue to admire more this other English woman who much earlier, forged a life for herself in the Middle East, Jane Digby 1807 - 1881).
|Digby, as commissioned by the King of Bavaria for his Hall of Beauties.|
|Painting of Jane Digby by C. Haag, 1859, in Palmyra|