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Books About Royal Women

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Women Who Ruled by Claudia Gold. Biographies of 50 women from around the world, including Nefertiti, Zenobia, Theodora, Roxelana, Jane Grey, Cixi, and such modern figures as Golda Meir and Margaret Thatcher.

The Warrior Queens by Antonia Fraser discusses the legends and lives of women who have led their nations in war, including Cleopatra and Queen Isabella of Spain.

A Companion to Global Queenship edited by Elena Woodacre. Case studies of premodern queenship, ranging from 7th century China to 19th century New Zealand.

Queens: Women Who Ruled, From Ancient Egypt to Buckingham Palace by Lauren Bucca. This miniature book introduces some 250 queens, each represented by her portrait and a fact about her reign.

Queens: Women in Power Through History by Phyllis G. Jestice. Tells the stories of women who ruled, including Wu Zetian, Empress Theodora, and Catherine the Great.

Woman Ruler: Woman Rule by Elin Sand. Tells the stories of 27 female rulers from around the world, including Nzinga of Angola, Dido of Carthage, and England's Elizabeth I. Illustrated.

Crown of Venus by Jeffrey Lee. A guide to royal women around the world. Published in 2000.

Sex and the City of Ladies: Rewriting History With Cleopatra, Lucrezia Borgia and Catherine the Great by Lisa Hilton. A reassessment of the past in which deeds and reputations, rumours and reality are held up to the light.

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Royal Mothers and Their Ruling Children: Wielding Political Authority From Antiquity to the Early Modern Era edited by Elena Woodacre and Carey Fleiner. Essays about such royal mothers as Eleanor of Aquitaine, Judith of Thuringia, Catherine de Medici, and the regents of the Khitan Liao in China.

Princesses on the Wards: Royal Women in Nursing Through Wars and Revolutions by Coryne Hall. The first study of queens and princesses in wartime nursing, from Empress Alexandra of Russia and Queen Marie of Romania to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, and Princess Alice of Greece.

Servants of the Dynasty: Palace Women in World History edited by Anne Walthall. Essays about women who lived, worked, and served in royal courts around the globe, including mothers, wives, concubines, entertainers, attendants, officials, and maids.

The Routledge Companion to Women and Monarchy in the Ancient Mediterranean World edited by Elizabeth Carney and Sabine Müller. Topics include titles, succession, female relatives of kings, regnant and co-regnant women.

Royal Women and Dynastic Loyalty edited by Caroline Dunn and Elizabeth Carney. From ancient to early modern times in Egypt, Great Britain, the Ottoman Empire, and Asia Minor, these essays trace royal women as agents of influence.

Islamic & Arabian Women

The Forgotten Queens of Islam by Fatima Mernissi, translated by Mary Jo Lakeland, is a history of Islamic royal women.

Queens, Eunuchs and Concubines in Islamic History, 661-1257 by Taef El-Azhari. Gender politics and power from Iran and Central Asia to North Africa and Spain.

Queens and Prophets by Emran Iqbal El-Badawi. How Arabian noblewomen and holy men shaped paganism, Christianity, and Islam.

Ancient Queens

Ancient Queens: Archaeological Explorations edited by Sarah Milledge Nelson. Essays examining the power of queens in ancient Asia, North and South America, Europe, and Africa.

Cleopatra's Daughter and Other Royal Women of the Augustan Era by Duane W. Roller. Topics include Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra VII; Pythodoris of Pontos, who ruled northern Asia Minor for 40 years; and Salome of Judaea, sister of Herod the Great.

Medieval Queens

Extraordinary Women of the Medieval and Renaissance World: A Biographical Dictionary edited by Carole Levin. Profiles of 70 women, including a number of queens.

Dynastic Change: Legitimacy and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Monarchy edited by Ana Maria S.A. Rodrigues, Manuela Santos Silva, and Jonathan W. Spangler. How royal families from the 9th to 18th centuries reacted to dynastic crises such as lack of a male heir. Places discussed include Morocco, Byzantium, Russia, and Western Europe.

Bad, Scandalous, and Doomed

Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories From History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie. Mini-biographies of dozens of princesses, including Olga of Kiev, who murdered thousands of men, and Rani Lakshmibai, who charged into combat with her toddler strapped to her back.

Scarlet Women: The Scandalous Lives of Courtesans, Concubines, and Royal Mistresses by Ian Graham. From ancient Greece to 16th century Venice, from Edo-period Japan to 19th century France, this book uncovers the colorful lives of professional mistresses.

Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon. The lives and loves of history's most notorious women (including Cleopatra).

Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, From Cleopatra to Princess Di by Kris Waldherr. Brief, illustrated lives of 50 royal women, including well-known figures like Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's starter wife, and forgotten women like Amalasuntha, an Ostrogoth princess who was strangled in her bath.

Royal Women on Film

Royal Portraits in Hollywood: Filming the Lives of Queens by Elizabeth A. Ford and Deborah C. Mitchell. Analyzes 75 years of films about queens and the lives of the actresses who starred in them.

Children's Books

Women Rulers Hidden in History by Sarah Eason. The lives of female rulers such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, who was queen of France and England, and Mongul ruler Mandukhai Katan. For children ages 8 to 12.

Warrior Queens: True Stories of Six Ancient Rebels Who Slayed History by Vicky Alvear Shecter, illustrated by Bill Mayer. A humorous, detailed look at Hatshepsut, Zenobia, and other powerful queens. For children ages 9 to 12.

Bad Princess: True Tales From Behind the Tiara by Kris Waldherr. From the war-torn Dark Ages to Kate Middleton, this book explores true princess stories. For ages 9 to 12.

Ten Queens: Portraits of Women of Power by Milton Meltzer, illustrated by Bethanne Andersen and Bill Basso. From the courage and beauty of Esther to the reforming spirit of Catherine the Great, the stories of ten women who ruled.

Great Empresses and Queens Paper Dolls in Full Color by Tom Tierney. Historically accurate depictions of Cleopatra and other royal women.

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