She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth

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Harper Perennial #ad - Helen castor has an exhilarating narrative gift.  .  .  . Readers will love this book, finding it wholly absorbing and rewarding. Hilary mantel, booker prize-winning author of wolf hall in the tradition of antonia Fraser, David Starkey, eye-opening examination of women and power in England, and Alison Weir, prize-winning historian Helen Castor delivers a compelling, witnessed through the lives of six women who exercised power against all odds—and one who never got the chance.

Exploring the narratives of the empress matilda, isabella of france, lady jane grey, Margaret of Anjou, ” as well as that of the Nine Days' Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and other “she-wolves, Castor invokes a magisterial discussion of how much—and how little—has changed through the centuries.

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Isabella: The Warrior Queen

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Anchor #ad - She also annihilated all who stood against her by establishing a bloody religious Inquisition that would darken Spain’s reputation for centuries. Her subsequent feats were legendary. Anchor. Yet history has all but forgotten Isabella’s influence. Using new scholarship, the faith that propelled her through life, Downey’s luminous biography tells the story of this brilliant, fervent, forgotten woman, and the land of ancient conflicts and intrigue she brought under her command.

. She laid the foundation for a unified Spain. An engrossing and revolutionary biography of isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.

Isabella: The Warrior Queen #ad - In 1474, when most women were almost powerless, twenty-three-year-old Isabella defied a hostile brother and a mercurial husband to seize control of Castile and León. She ended a twenty-four-generation struggle between Muslims and Christians, forcing North African invaders back over the Mediterranean Sea.

She sponsored columbus’s trip to the Indies and negotiated Spanish control over much of the New World. Whether saintly or satanic, no female leader has done more to shape our modern world.

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Joan of Arc: A History

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Harper Perennial #ad - We meet this extraordinary girl amid the tumultuous events of her extraordinary world where no one—not Joan herself, nor the people around her—princes, soldiers, bishops, or peasants—knew what would happen next. Adding complexity, and fresh insight into joan’s life, and placing her actions in the context of the larger political and religious conflicts of fifteenth century France, depth, Joan of Arc: A History is history at its finest and a surprising new portrait of this remarkable woman.

Joan of arc: a history features an 8-page color insert. From the author of the acclaimed she-Wolves, surprising, the complex, and engaging story of one of the most remarkable women of the medieval world—as never told before. Helen castor tells afresh the gripping story of the peasant girl from Domremy who hears voices from God, leads the French army to victory, is burned at the stake for heresy, and eventually becomes a saint.

Joan of Arc: A History #ad - Anchor. But unlike the traditional narrative, a story already shaped by the knowledge of what Joan would become and told in hindsight, Castor’s Joan of Arc: A History takes us back to fifteenth century France and tells the story forwards. Instead of an icon, breathing woman confronting the challenges of faith and doubt, in fighting the English, a roaring girl who, she gives us a living, was also taking sides in a bloody civil war.

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Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe

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Basic Books #ad - Anchor. For the first time, Europe saw a sisterhood of queens who would not be equaled until modern times. Sarah gristwood has written a masterpiece that effortlessly and enthrallingly interweaves the amazing stories of women who ruled in Europe during the Renaissance period. Alison weir sixteenth-century Europe saw an explosion of female rule.

Across boundaries and generations, mentors and protégées, these royal women were mothers and daughters, allies and enemies. From isabella of castile, anne boleyn, these women wielded enormous power over their territories, and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, to Catherine de Medici, and Elizabeth Tudor, shaping the course of European history for over a century.

Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe #ad - A fascinating group biography and a thrilling political epic, Game of Queens explores the lives of some of the most beloved and reviled queens in history.

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Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt

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Basic Books #ad - Anchor. But who was cleopatra, really?we almost feel that we know Cleopatra, but our distorted image of a self-destructive beauty does no justice to Cleopatra's true genius. Pascal said the shape of her nose changed the history of the world. In cleopatra, egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley offers an unexpectedly vivid portrait of a skillful Egyptian ruler.

Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt #ad - Stripping away our preconceptions, many of them as old as Egypt's Roman conquerors, Cleopatra is a magnificent biography of a most extraordinary queen. Shakespeare portrayed her as an icon of tragic love. The romans regarded her as “fatale monstrum”—a fatal omen.

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The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World

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Princeton University Press #ad - University Press Group Ltd. Combining classical myth and art, nomad traditions, and scientific archaeology, she reveals intimate, surprising details and original insights about the lives and legends of the women known as Amazons. This is the first comprehensive account of warrior women in myth and history across the ancient world, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Great Wall of China.

Mayor tells how amazing new archaeological discoveries of battle-scarred female skeletons buried with their weapons prove that women warriors were not merely figments of the Greek imagination. Provocatively arguing that a timeless search for a balance between the sexes explains the allure of the Amazons, Mayor reminds us that there were as many Amazon love stories as there were war stories.

The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World #ad - Anchor. The result is likely to become a classic. Amazons―fierce warrior women dwelling on the fringes of the known world―were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks. In historical times, alexander the Great, Cyrus of Persia, and the Roman general Pompey tangled with Amazons. But just who were these bold barbarian archers on horseback who gloried in fighting, hunting, and sexual freedom? Were Amazons real? In this deeply researched, and lavishly illustrated book, wide-ranging, National Book Award finalist Adrienne Mayor presents the Amazons as they have never been seen before.

Heracles and achilles displayed their valor in duels with Amazon queens, and the Athenians reveled in their victory over a powerful Amazon army. The greeks were not the only people enchanted by Amazons―Mayor shows that warlike women of nomadic cultures inspired exciting tales in ancient Egypt, India, Central Asia, Persia, and China.

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Cleopatra: A Sourcebook Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture

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University of Oklahoma Press #ad - This fascinating sourcebook documents what we know of the historical figure and also shows how she has evolved through the lens of interpretation. Cleopatra’s life story, became the sole ruler of egypt, is powerfully intriguing: Married four times, gained legendary status for her lavish banquets, she seduced two of the most powerful men in Rome Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, gleaned from contemporary sources, and chose to die rather than endure disgrace as the prisoner of Octavian, Caesar’s heir.

Arranged both chronologically and thematically, literary, from the European Romantics to the Afro centrists, the volume consists of a series of readings about Cleopatra―historical, and documentary―extending from ancient times to the twentieth century, and from Middle English to modern Arabic. Anchor.

Cleopatra: A Sourcebook Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture #ad - Jones provides helpful information about the sources, placing them in historical and cultural context. In her introductions to the readings, Prudence J. Who was cleopatra? who is cleopatra? viewed as both goddess and monster even in her own lifetime, femme fatale and star-crossed lover, she has become through the ages saint and sinner, heroine and victim, black and white.

She includes passages both familiar and unfamiliar, some not easily found in translation. University Press Group Ltd. Suitable for classroom use, cleopatra: A Sourcebook reveals a multitude of Cleopatras, raising as many questions as it answers about one of history’s most captivating figures.

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Blood and Roses: One Family's Struggle and Triumph During the Tumultuous Wars of the Roses

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Harper Perennial #ad - The wars of the Roses tore England asunder. Anchor. It is a remarkable chronicle of devotion, ambition, and survival that brings a remote and hazy era to vibrant new life. Over the course of thirty years, countless men lost their lives on the battlefield or their heads on the block, four kings lost their thrones, and others found themselves suddenly flush with gold.

Yet until now, little has been written about the ordinary people who lived through this extraordinary time. Blood and roses is a gripping, intimate story of one determined family conducting everyday business against the backdrop of a disintegrating society and savage civil war. University Press Group Ltd.

Blood and Roses: One Family's Struggle and Triumph During the Tumultuous Wars of the Roses #ad - Drawing on a rare trove of letters discovered in a tumbledown stately home, historian Helen Castor reconstructs the turbulent affairs of the Pastons through three generations of births, marriages, and deaths as they single-mindedly worked their way up from farmers to landed gentry.

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The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

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Penguin Books #ad - Penguin Books. Anchor. This is the era of chivalry and the black death, the Knights Templar, the founding of parliament, and the Hundred Years’ War, when England’s national identity was forged by the sword. The new york times bestseller, from the author of crusaders, that tells the story of Britain’s greatest and worst dynasty—“a real-life Game of Thrones” The Wall Street JournalThe first Plantagenet kings inherited a blood-soaked realm from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem.

In this epic narrative history of courage, treachery, and deception, ambition, Dan Jones resurrects the unruly royal dynasty that preceded the Tudors. They produced england’s best and worst kings: henry ii and his wife eleanor of aquitaine, who was forced to grant his people new rights under the Magna Carta, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and his conniving brother King John, twice a queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; their son Richard the Lionheart, the basis for our own bill of rights.

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England #ad - Combining the latest academic research with a gift for storytelling, Jones vividly recreates the great battles of Bannockburn, Crécy, and Sluys and reveals how the maligned kings Edward II and Richard II met their downfalls. University Press Group Ltd.

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Pilgrimage

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Cuidono Press #ad - The last thing gebirga of Flanders remembers seeing is the argument between her parents that ended in her mother's death. Pilgrimage is the story of one of those pilgrims. An accidental encounter offers another path, two clerics writing a guidebook, and a mysterious messenger with an unknown agenda, and Gebirga flees her callous family with a pack of pilgrims that includes a count's daughter bound for marriage, all headed along the pilgrimage road to Compostela.

Penguin Books. The journey takes gebirga from her home on the edge of the North Sea across the kingdoms of France and into the Iberian Peninsula, where her mission to escort a young noblewoman becomes a dangerous adventure involving power-hungry kings and queens and even the Roman Pope. University Press Group Ltd.

Pilgrimage #ad - In the years since, she has learned to negotiate her family's castle of Gistel as a blind woman but everyone assumes that one day her home will be the convent founded in her mother's honor. But can a blind woman navigate the shoals of international politics? To find a place where she can belong, Gebirga must learn there are other ways of seeing the truth than with her eyes.

For the rest of twelfth-century europe, Spain was a far-off and exotic place, home to the holy site of Compostela, shrine of Saint James. The saint's tomb drew a perpetual wave of pilgrims, coming for adventure, or seeking a miracle from the saint. Anchor.

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Elizabeth I and Her Age Norton Critical Editions

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - This norton critical edition provides a diverse and extensive selection of authors including the Queen herself and carefully annotated works. The role of english monarch―which involved being commander in chief, and ruler of the royal court, head of the English Church, with all its intrigues―was intended for a man ruling among men, and women rulers before Elizabeth had bestowed their power on husbands.

. University Press Group Ltd. The editors have assembled a rich, thematically organized collection of commentary and criticism for Elizabeth I and Her Age. Succeeding to the english throne in 1558, she was the third woman monarch in the nation’s history. Anchor. Penguin Books. Four centuries after her death, Elizabeth I remains a powerful and fascinating figure.

W w norton Company. From raphael holinshed’s, and agnes strickland’s early accounts of the queen to Natalie Mears on Elizabeth I’s strategies for rule and Thomas Betteridge on the Queen in film, Sir Francis Bacon’s, the twenty-five diverse views of Elizabeth I herein are sure to promote lively classroom discussion.

Elizabeth I and Her Age Norton Critical Editions #ad - The works are organized chronologically to cover the forty-four years of Elizabeth’s reign, allowing readers to explore not only the literary and aesthetic qualities that make these writings noteworthy but also the range of political, social, cultural, and historical concerns that prompted their creation.

Resisting this pattern, elizabeth not only endured a monarch but flourished as a leader and cultural figurehead, the Age of Discovery, inspiring the Golden Age of English literature, and the Age of Reformation in English religious life.

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