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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 recent times: 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.
Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works which have been
international bestsellers. She was awarded the Medlicott Medal by the Historical
Association in 2000 and was made a DBE in 2011 for services to literature.
Her previous books include Mary Queen of Scots, King Charles II, The Weaker Vessel:
Woman's Lot in Seventeenth-Century England, which won the Wolfson History Prize, Marie
Antoinette: The Journey and Perilous Question: The Drama of the Great Reform Bill 1832.
Must You Go?, a memoir of her life with Harold Pinter, was published in 2010, and My
History: A Memoir of Growing Up in 2015. She lives in London
Visit Antonia Fraser's website at www.antoniafraser.com