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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. 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.

Boudicca, Britain's Queen of the Iceni

Boudicca, Britain's Queen of the Iceni - English

Boudicca - French

Boudicca - audible - Spanish

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

catherine de valois  - audible - Spanish

catherine de valois  - audible - German

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 - Dutch

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 - French

queen elizabeth tudor - Dutch

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

Empress wu zetian - Italian

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

Empress Matilda of england - Spanish

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

hypatia of alexandria - Audible - English

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

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.

Hildegard von Bingen - english

Coming 2020-2021

The fascinating true story of medieval Germany's most gifted scientist!

Born in an age where life in a nunnery was the only path towards higher education for most women, Hildegard von Bingen defied her superiors to found her own religious community, one safe from the abuses of men only too willing to prey upon innocent women and their virtues. Along the way she wrote some of the most important intellectual and musical works of the middle ages.

Includes a detailed timeline, and suggested reading list/bibliography. At least 1 Doctor Who easter egg is planned as well.

Margaret of Wessex - english

Coming 2020- 2021

Meet Empress Matilda of England's Saxon grandmother!

The 11th century was a dangerous time to be descended of King Aethelred the Unready. With the conquest of England complete by William the Conqueror, the Hungarian born granddaughter of King Edmund II made her way to Scotland where its king Malcolm III welcomed Saxon refugees.  Scotland would never be the same again, not the least for the way Margaret changed its linguistic landscape -- at the expensive of Scottish languages, culture, and heritage forever!

Includes family tree showing the relationship between Wiliam the Conqueror, Margaret, and the kings/queens of both Scotland and England who call her foremother.