The Times described her as a heroine, Queen Victoria's nephew
called her 'Mammy', while the soldiers she tended in the
Crimea referred to her with affection as 'Mother Seacole' or
'the old soul'. To Palmerstone she was a treasure of the British
Army. All this was not music to the ears of Florence
Nightingale, who rudely dubbed her a brothel-keeping quack.
Robinson's fascinating biography of the Jamaican-born
doctress, who established the 'British Hotel' just behind the
lines in the Crimea, reveals Seacole as one of the most eccentric
and charismatic women of her era.