Countess Constance Markievicz - one of the most remarkable women in Irish history - was a revolutionary, a socialist and a feminist, as well as an artist and a writer. A natural leader, she took an active part in the 1916 Rising and was one of the few leaders to escape execution. Instead, she spent an arduous year in an English prison. During another stretch in prison she would make history as the first woman elected to the House of Commons. Lindie Naughton's compelling biography sheds light on all facets of Markievicz's life - her privileged upbringing in County Sligo, her adventures as an art student in London and Paris, her marriage to an improbable Polish Count, her political education, her several prison terms, and her emergence as one of the pivotal figures in early 20th century Ireland.