Black and white photo of a woman with short dark hair, dressed in a lightly colored tunic that resembles a kimono, with very wide sleeves and a dark belt. She is standing with one hand on her hip and the other on a column in a daring pose. Superimposed there is the picture of three camelsin the desert

Countess Sailor Smuggler Spy: Marga d’Andurain

A tale of crime, espionage, and poisoned husbands

Giulia Montanari
Exploring History
Published in
8 min readSep 26, 2023

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Born in France in May 1893, little Jeanne Amélie Marguerite Clérisse — Marga for her friends — was not a very nice girl. Rude and turbulent, with a wild streak and a penchant for breaking rules, she didn’t really fit in with her provincial, respectable Catholic family.

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Giulia Montanari
Exploring History

Thirty-something public servant in Italy. Can’t parallel park to save my life. Join Medium with my referral link: https://medium.com/@tanarx/membership