The Warrior Queens, Paperback Book
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An inspired evaluation of women leaders in war by a bestselling historian.

Antonia Fraser's Warrior Queens are those women who have both ruled and led in war.

They include Catherine the Great, Elizabeth I, Isabella of Spain, the Rani of Jhansi, and the formidable Queen Jinga of Angola.

With Boadicea as the definitive example, her female champions from other ages and civilisations make a fascinating and awesome assembly.

Yet if Boadicea's apocryphal chariot has ensured her place in history, what are the myths that surround the others? And how different are the democratically elected if less regal warrior queens of our time: Indira Ghandi and Golda Meir?

This remarkable book is much more than a biographical selection.

It examines how Antonia Fraser's heroines have held and wrested the reins of power from their (consistently male) adversaries.




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Another lovely work by Antonia Fraser. This time she looks at rulers beyond Europe, though the Americas are still sadly underrepresented... I wonder if this is due to interest or historical fact.This was a particularly interesting read as Hillary Clinton was in the midst of running for President here in the U.S. -- it was very insightful to see that many complaints against Clinton (such as her "shrill" voice) were complaints leveraged among female leaders throughout history. A timely, beautiful read. Can't recommend it enough.

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