Hilda von Einem

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Hilda von Einem is a fictional character in John Buchan's 1916 novel Greenmantle. She is a German femme fatale who masterminds a plot to stir up a Muslim jihad against the Allies. She has been described as a "glamorous but merciless female agent"[1] and a "pale-blue-eyed northern goddess".[2] Rosie White suggests that von Einem is a "trope loosely based on Mata Hari" and that she represents a "decadent, oriental sexuality".[3]


  1. ^ Lewis-Stempel, John (12 October 2014). "The Kaiser's jihad". Daily Express. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  2. ^ Rimington, Stella (11 January 2011). "John Buchan and The Thirty-Nine Steps". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  3. ^ White, Rosie (2007). Violent Femmes: Women as Spies in Popular Culture. Routledge. p. 25. Retrieved 30 April 2016.