While the public record states that her death was accidental, there was speculation that she had intended the overdose. Lionel Smith
told Vita Sackville-West
that she committed suicide. Her recent biographer, Georgina Howell
Her historical importance has been recognised by two recent biographies, those of Janet Wallach
, 1996 (Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia)...