Sherlock Holmes’s relationship with the ladies has always
been a point of curiosity for fans. He has always shown respect for certain
feminine weaknesses and, at the same time he was slow to embrace female
strengths. His lifestyle and work
enabled him to walk this line. However, in Sherlock
Holmes - The Golden Years, he could not help but confront some formidable
ladies in the streets, as the suffrage movement was in full swing in 1913. With a major election cycle underway in the
United States, I thought a post about women’s suffrage was appropriate --
particularly as the women’s vote will be so critical in the coming presidential
While the women’s suffrage movement in the United Kingdom
began about 1872, with the formation of the National Society for Women’s
Suffrage, it didn’t make the daily headlines until the early 1900’s when the
movement became more militant and violent.
WWI caused a temporary halt to suffrage activity and, in
1918, the Representation of the Peoples Act granted women limited voting
rights. However, it wasn’t until 1928 when all women in Britain gained full
voting rights. Women in the U.S. gained the right to vote eight years earlier,
One of the key figures in Britain’s suffrage movement was Emmeline Pankhurst, who is one of
several infamous historical characters that can be found in Sherlock Holmes-The Golden Years.
In the Curse of the Black Feather, Holmes and Watson
meet Emmeline Pankhurst at a party where Watson has the dubious honour of
escorting her to dinner. Holmes,
however, had a much more fascinating dinner partner that evening – Irene Adler,
“the woman” who mysteriously reappears his life and haunts him in all five of
the stories in this 345-page collection.
In Sherlock Holmes-The
the reader gets all the mystery and magic of Holmes at his
best, interesting real-life historical characters, and a rich and highly
accurate historical background, all of which adds great depth to the stories. Available at AMAZON
as soft cover, Kindle and audiobook.
Would that Holmes could take the mystery out of the U.S.