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Colonel Barker's Monstrous Regiment By Rose Collis

Colonel Barker's Monstrous Regiment by Rose Collis

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The true story of a woman who adopted numerous male aliases, who married and had children, and became one of the most notorious "man-women" of the early 20th century. Valerie Lilias Arkell-Smith was sentenced for nine months at the Old Bailey in 1929 following years living as Colonel Victor Barker.

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Colonel Barker's Monstrous Regiment: A Tale of Female Husbandry by Rose Collis

On April 15, 1929, a few months after Radclyffe Hall's "The Well of Loneliness" was booed, banned and burned, a trial concluded at the Old Bailey with the sentencing of Colonel Victor Barker to nine months imprisonment. For Colonel Barker was, in fact, a woman. Six years earlier as Victor Barker, Valerie Lilias Arhelt Smith had married Elfrida Hayward in St Peters Church, Brighton. Her trial, which became one of the most scandalous news stories of the decade, led to her imprisonment, but on her release she once again assumed life as a man and her life thereafter went from tragedy to fame and back to tragedy again. This is her story.

About Rose Collis

Rose Collis is a journalist and writer. She is the author of several critically acclaimed books including A TROUSER-WEARING CHARACTER:The Life and Times of Nancy Spain (Cassell) and K.D. Lang (Absolute Press).

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Colonel Barker's Monstrous Regiment: A Tale of Female Husbandry by Rose Collis
Used - Very Good
Little, Brown Book Group
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