The Legendary Women of World History
Celebrating the lives of inspiring women from around the world and across history.
What makes the LWWH Series so different? ACCESSIBILITY. Unlike most non-fiction books which strive to emulate the formatting and narrative voices found in Academia, the Legendary Women of World History Series is written with you and your family in mind and from a female point of view sensitive to women's experiences often overlooked in other history books.
The language and formatting are simpler, cleaner, and easier to understand than most non-fiction history books and with a narrative voice similar to what you find in traditional fiction. Topical appendices enhance your reading enjoyment, including timelines and bibliographies on most titles, plus extras like song lyrics, translations of Latin prayers, even family trees on select titles.
Best of all, the Legendary Women of World History explores cultures, times, and places not usually taught in local history classes, filling in the gaps created by local and national political and religious agendas. It's history as it is meant to be taught: honest and without pandering to those in power.
Explore the world. Meet cultures different from your own. Escape into events stranger than the most imaginative science fiction and fantasy novels. Learn without feeling like you are learning. It's all here, in narrative format, for you and your family to discover. Most titles available in digital, paperback, and audio editions and in multiple languages. See Audiobooks to listen to excerpts.
Print edition links below for books published between 2014 and October 1, 2022 go to Amazon websites. Books published after October 1st, 2022 go to Apple Books and Smashwords. Audiobook links go to both Audible and Apple.
Boudicca, Britain's Queen of the Iceni
Born between 15 and 30 CE, Boudicca accomplished the unthinkable when she waged a successful defensive campaign against the Roman invaders. After destroying the provincial capital of Camulodunum (Caer Colun, modern day Colchester), she marched south and destroyed the newly built Roman trading town of Londonium before being lured onto a battlefield favoring Roman military tactics. Though Boudicca perished that day in 61 CE, her successes made her a legend among the Romans and a warning not to underestimate the power of British women.
Catherine de Valois
Best known as Henry V's Agincourt bride from Shakespeare's "Henry V," Catherine de Valois was an extraordinary woman of faith, courage, and conviction in an age of politically powerful women.
A younger daughter to King Charles VI of France terrorized by his mental illness, Princess Catherine survived the ravages of his schizophrenia, a civil war at home, and King Henry's war with France to become one of Renaissance England's most fascinating and courageous queens.
Includes War of the Roses Family Tree. Audio editions feature music performed by Richard Mann (English edition) or Laurel A. Rockefeller (Spanish edition).
Mary Queen of the Scots: the forgotten reign
Mary Queen of the Scots - Audible - English
Mary Queen of the Scots - Apple - English
Queen Mary Stuart was one of the most beloved and controversial women in Scottish history. The granddaughter of King James IV and his wife Margaret Tudor, Queen Mary's status as heiress-apparent to Queen Elizabeth's throne in England paired with the violence of the Scottish Reformation set the stage for one of the most dramatic and poorly understood lives of the 16th century.
Mary Queen of the Scots tells Mary's true story, focusing primarily on her reign as queen of Scotland, celebrating her life more than her death and showing us all why she was truly a woman ahead of her time.
Queen elizabeth tudor: journey to gloriana
queen elizabeth tudor - audible - Spanish
queen elizabeth tudor - apple - Spanish
Queen Elizabeth is perhaps the most legendary and celebrated ruler in English history. Yet do you really know her as well as you think you do?
In this beautiful narrative biography you explore Elizabeth’s path from “Lady Elizabeth” to “Gloriana” through the lens of her relationship with Robert Dudley, a relationship far more contentious than most people believe. Politics and religion collide, provoking Elizabeth to console herself with her music, and a hard decision lays before her as plots against her life threatens her throne.
Take the journey to Gloriana and discover a side to Elizabeth you never knew existed.
Empress wu zetian
Travel back in time over one thousand years and meet the first and only female emperor of China. Born Wu Zhao and given the reign title "Zetian" just weeks before her death in 705 CE, Empress Wu was the unwanted daughter of Chancellor Wu Shihuo -- too bright, too educated, and too politically focused to make a good wife according to contemporary interpretations of the Analects of Confucius.
Married off at age 14 as a low-ranking concubine to Emperor Taizong, Wu’s intelligence, beauty, and charm won her a place as his secretary and protégé, political experience that would empower her to transform the lives of countless billions.
gwenllian ferch gruffydd, the warrior princess of deheubarth
Born in 1097 in Aberffraw Castle, Princess Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd ap Cynan was always destined for great things. As daughter to one of Gwynedd's greatest warriors she grew up strong and passionate -- more than a match for her older brothers.
At sixteen Gwenllian's life changed forever when she fell in love with Prince Gruffydd ap Rhys, the beleaguered heir to Rhys ap Tewdur of Deheubarth. Together husband and wife fought for and ruled southern Wales, challenging the Norman Conquest of Wales and proving once and for all the nobility and courage of the Welsh people, a courage that endures across the centuries and lives in the heart of every Welsh man, woman, and child.
Includes an extensive timeline covering over 400 years of Welsh and English medieval history.
empress matilda of england
Born in 1102 to King Henry of England and Queen Matilda of Scotland, Matilda's uniquely royal Norman, Saxon, and Scottish heritage was meant to unify an England still divided by her grandfather's conquest in 1066. When the 1120 White Ship Disaster made her the only surviving child of her parents, Matilda suddenly became heiress to the English throne in a time when the old Saxon Witan, not the king's Will, still decided the succession.
Discover the true story of the first woman to claim the throne of England in her own right and be inspired!
Includes Matilda's family tree, a detailed timeline, and a suggested reading list so you can keep learning.
Additional information about Matilda's Saxon heritage can be found in Margaret of Wessex's family tree.
hypatia of alexandria
Born in 355 CE in the aftermath of Constantine's reign, Hypatia of Alexandria lived in a collapsing Roman Empire, a world where obedience to religious authorities trumped science, where reason and logic threatened the new world order. It was a world on the edge of the Dark Ages, a world deciding the question of science verses religion, freedom verses orthodoxy, tolerance verses hate.
For over 40 years, Hypatia stood between the dark ages and the light of classical philosophy, arts, and sciences. Though none of her books survived the aggressive book burnings of religious zealots, her legacy remains that of one of the greatest scientists of all time.
Cleopatra VII, Egypt's Last Pharaoh
Cleopatra VII - Audible - english
The exciting true story of Egypt's most famous queen!
Cleopatra Thea Philopator refused to do what she was told. In an age where patriarchy denied full citizenship to even the most elite of Roman women, Cleopatra ruled her Egypt determined to keep it independent and free from Roman control -- at any price necessary. Demonized as a simple seductress by Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (the future Caesar Augustus) and his political allies, Cleopatra VII proved herself the equal to three of the most powerful men of the Roman world: Gaius Julius Caesar, Marcus Antonius, and Octavian Caesar.
Includes a detailed timeline, suggested reading list/bibliography, and two special Easter eggs for Doctor Who fans.
Margaret of Wessex: Mother, Saint, and Queen of Scots
Margaret of Wessex - audible - english
Margaret of Wessex - apple - english
The 11th century was a dangerous time to be of the line unbroken of King Æthelred II Unread and his first queen, Æfgifu of York. Born in Hungary after King Canute III's failed attempt to murder her father, Edward the Exile, Margaret found her life turned upside down by King Edward the Confessor's discovery of her father's survival -- and the resulting recall of her family to England.
Now a political hostage only kept alive for as long as it served powerful men's interests, Margaret and her family found King Máel Coluim mac Donnchadh Ceann Mhor's invitation to his court in Dunfermline in Alba the long-awaited answer to her prayers.
Scotland would never be the same again.
Includes two family tree charts, an expansive timeline covering over three thousand years of Pictish and medieval history, plus Roman Catholic prayers, and a bibliography so you can keep learning.
Hildegard von Bingen
With the power of her pen she changed Christendom forever.
Hildegard von Bingen was never meant to be remembered by history. The tenth child of one of the Graf von Sponheim’s knights, she was given to Disibodenberg monastery partly out of gratitude to God, but also partly because her visions made her too odd to make a suitable wife.
When she succeeded Jutta von Sponheim as Magistra and prioress of Disibodenberg monastery she found herself unable to keep her visions secret any longer. What happened next led her to revolutionize not only monastic life for women, but the whole world too.
Meet medieval Europe’s most prolific author, the legendary Hildegard von Bingen.
Available in digital, paperback, and hardcover.
Katharina Von Bora: First Lady of the Reformation
The legendary life of Katharina von Bora Luther!
Born in 1499, Katharina started her education at first the convent at Brehna, then continued it in Kloster Nimbschen where she took vows as a nun at the age of sixteen and expected to live the whole of her life.
God, however, had other plans. On Easter Eve 1523 she escaped with eleven other nuns to Wittenberg, a move meant to be temporary until a more permanent home could be found for her. What happened next changed the world in this family story filled with music in the original German.
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Aliénor was the most sought after bride in all of Christendom – and not simply because she was beautiful. The eldest daughter of Duke William X of Aquitaine, she inherited his vast duchy at the age of just 15 and was crowned queen of the Franks that same year.
But love was not to be for the beautiful duchess, despite two marriages and giving birth to a total of ten children. Troubadours sang her praises and composed the first romantic love songs. Tales of King Arthur and his round table were first told in her honor. She transformed two emerging empires and made Aquitaine the most faithful continental ally to England. She was a legend in her time and ours. This is her remarkable true story.
Abigail Smith Adams
abigail Smith Adams - english
Coming in 2023.
The Fascinating true story of Abigail Smith Adams, Founding Mother of the United States of America