Edith Louisa Cavell (1865–1915) was a British nurse, humanitarian and spy famous for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides during the First World War. She also aided 200 Allied soldiers escape from behind German lines, for which she was arrested and sentenced to death by firing squad. Cavell’s execution was globally condemned and featured extensively in the press. Before her death, she famously said, “Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone”, which has been inscribed on a memorial to her near Trafalgar Square. Part of our “Who Was She?” series that looks at remarkable woman from throughout history, “Who was Edith Cavell?” contains a fantastic collection of essays by various authors celebrating the heroic endeavours of this brave nurse, exploring how she was able to pull off such incredible feats and what it was that inspired her truly compassionate acts. Brilliant Women – Read & Co. is proud to be publishing this brand new collection of classic essays for a new generation of students and history lovers.