Letters from Baghdad

"Letters from Baghdad" is the story of a true original, Gertrude Bell, sometimes called the female “Lawrence of Arabia.” More influential and famous in her day than her colleague Lawrence, Bell was an explorer, spy, archaeologist and diplomat who helped shape the Middle East after World War I and established the Iraq Museum, infamously ransacked in 2003.

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Gertrude Bell Arrives in Constantinople


Gertrude Bell arrives in Constantinople on May 20, 1914.

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Gertrude Bell Meets the Howeitat Tribe


On her journey to Hail in 1914, Gertrude Bell meets the Howeitat Tribe.

Gertrude Bell Muses About the River Tigris


In a letters to her parents, Gertrude describes the beauty of the Tigris River at dusk.

Questioning British Occupation in Iraq


Gertrude Bell questions the British occupation of Iraq in 1917.

The Outcome of the Paris Peace Conference


Gertrude Bell is apprehensive toward the outcome of the Paris Peace Conference in 1916.

A Visit to Babylon


Gertrude Bell returns to the archaeological site of Babylon in 1918.

The Cairo Conference with Churchill, Bell and T.E. Lawrence


Winston Churchill, Gertrude Bell, T.E. Lawrence, and others meet at the Cairo Conference.