Laskarina Bouboulina started her life in prison. Her father was a soldier, captured for his political beliefs, and Bouboulina inherited some of his spirit. Her backbone was made of stern stuff. When a strong person believes in something, she believes in it with her whole heart.
Bouboulina had a ship built, Agememnon, and used it to fight in the Greek war for independence.
But she didn't die due to the war. Sadly, in 1825, she was murdered because of a dispute over her child's marriage--which seems unthinkable. One report said she was shot in the night and no one was apprehended for the crime.
I wanted my heroine, Bellona, in Forbidden to the Duke, to have a hint of the warrior in her personality, but have the happy ending I felt Laskarina Bouboulina deserved.