There are many historical figures that become such a part of 'the culture' that their accomplishments, sometimes even if they really existed or not, gets lost.
Florence Nightingale died 100 years ago today at her home in London. I know about her being a nurse and the whole 'lady of the lamp wandering the streets of London' thing but reading up on her found that she was she was quite a woman !
In her lifetime the Italian born nurse, patient advocate, (multi) war veteran and health researcher was awarded the British Order of Merit, Freedom of the City of London, German Order of the Cross of Merit, France's Secours aux Blessés Militaires and the Norwegian Red Cross of Honour.
Shortly before her death she refused a Royal offer of a state funeral and burial in Westminster Abbey.
A truly remarkable woman in any era !
Florence Nightingale's London The Daily Mail
Florence Nightingale Museum
Memories of Nightingale Wpg Morning Telegram