Miss Martindale

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Marianne Martindale (also known as Catherine Tyrell, Mari de Colwyn, Mary Scarlett) is an English writer and columnist.[1] As Miss Martindale, she was a prominent public face of Aristasia,[2] an all-female subculture inspired by the Traditionalist School and early twentieth-century culture.[1]


From 1982 to 1992 Martindale was one of the leaders of the Silver Sisterhood group based in Burtonport, County Donegal in Ireland. That group is known for creating early text adventure video games such as Bugsy[3] and Jack the Ripper,[3] the first game to be given an '18' rating.[3][4][5]

Martindale co-founded the Wildfire Club publishing house and edited a collection of stories titled Disciplined Ladies.[1] From 2003 to 2005, Martindale wrote the Ladies' Column in The Chap magazine and was Aristasia's media representative. She discontinued this in accordance with the Bridgehead Doctrine, which discouraged Aristasians from publicly commenting on "foreign" (i.e. Earth) culture and politics.[6]


Martindale received national attention in the British press in the 1990s for her advocacy of corporal punishment.[7][1] Martindale's recorded statements and interviews made clear her belief in discipline as spiritual and purifying.[8]

Martindale always maintained that, as an Aristasian, she was neutral on matters of "Tellurian" (i.e. Earth) politics. Martindale is a royalist and imperialist, but with loyalty only to the Aristasian monarchy and empire.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Miss Kinky Denies Right Wing Smear" Archived 28 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine, This is Local London
  2. ^ Aristasia is a feminine version of the Greek word aristos, which means 'the best'.
  3. ^ a b c "The Mystery of St Bride's". No. 142. "GamesTM". December 2013. Archived from the original on 26 November 2017. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Jack the Ripper Review", Sinclair User, January 1988
  5. ^ "Dracula unbound: The story behind the first 18 certificated video game". Eurogamer. 1 March 2015. Archived from the original on 3 March 2015.
  6. ^ Operation Bridgehead Archived 7 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Encyclopaedia Aristasiana
  7. ^ "Who Is Miss Marianne Martindale?". Article featuring quotations from articles on Martindale in the British national press.
  8. ^ Rosie Millard (3 March 1995). "Whips? Canes? Silly Monkeys! - Life and Style". The Independent. Archived from the original on 15 May 2022. Retrieved 29 July 2014.

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