Following on from my previous post about my admiration for 19th Century women and what they often had to endure, the story of Sarah Selina Cooke, as described in my companion blog is just one example.
Not only did she lose two, and maybe more, children as babies, she had long separations from her husband and had to try and make a life for herself in a strange country that was often unhealthy and unstable and subject to the violent turmoil of invasion.
To cap it off, she was the victim of two ship mutinies, during the second of which her husband was murdered and her own life hung in the balance, yet she seems to have dealt with it in a practical manner according to the subsequent reports. I would love to find out more about Sarah but, like so many other women from history, after her few minutes of fame she simply disappears.
Read about the mutiny on the "Amelia" here, and the second post giving some brief details about Sarah's background here.