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Queen, Empress, Concubine : Fifty Women Rulers from the Queen of Sheba to Catherine the Great - Claudia Gold

Queen, Empress, Concubine

Fifty Women Rulers from the Queen of Sheba to Catherine the Great

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I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king." Elizabeth I of England.

The number of women who have ruled as queens or empresses, or governed as presidents or prime ministers, remains but a small subset of the total of those who have attained ultimate political power.

But this elite group of women, who - through dynastic succession, democratic election or other means - have reached the heights of political and ceremonial leadership, includes some of the most influential and charismatic figures of world history.

Queen, Empress, Concubine paints vivid portraits of the lives of 50 extraordinary women who have held positions of executive or ceremonial power throughout history, from the Queen of Sheba to Margaret Thatcher. Each biographical profile sets its subject clearly in the culture and context of its time, enabling author Claudia Gold not only to tell the stories of 50 courageous and fiercely independent women, but also to provide a fascinating and informative alternative social history of the last 3500 years.

About the Author

Claudia Gold holds a masters degree in medieval history. A former TV documentary researcher, she is also the author ofThe King's Mistress, a biography of Melusina von Schulenberg, mistress of King George I.

Queen of Sheba
Cleopatra VII Thea Philipator
Wu Hou
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Blanche of Castile
Isabella 'The She Wolf'
Margaret I
Margaret of Anjou
Isabella 'The She Wolf'
Caterina Sforza
Juana the Mad
Lucrezia Borgia
Mary Tudor
Catherine DE Medicis
Elizabeth I
Lady Jane Grey
Mary Tudor
Nur Jahan
Anne of Austria
Mary II
Anne of Austria
Maria Theresa
Jean-Antoinette Poisson
Catherine the Great
Marie Antoinette
Lakshmi Bai
Golda Meir
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Indira Gandhi
Eva Peron
Margaret Thatcher
Elizabeth II
Benazir Bhutto
Further Reading

ISBN: 9781847241917
ISBN-10: 1847241913
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 19th September 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.4 x 22.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 1.288