Women in Power through History
by Dr Phyllis G Jestice
As I write this post, many are mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth. It seems like a fitting time to recommend a book that highlights many of the strong and capable women who became monarchs, despite the male oriented cultures in which they lived. Within these pages learn about queens and their roles, starting with the Ancient World and ending with Modern Challenges for Monarchies.
The author begins by pointing out that many texts were full of the reasons why women could not/should not rule. Women rulers struggled against this belief for many years. There were few women who ruled on their own although, as the mothers or wives of kings, women maintained some influence. It is because of their scarcity that many know of some of the most important female rulers in their own stead, including Elizabeth II.
This is a work of history, not a series of biographical vignettes. It is well written and researched. Those looking for a relatively academic look at this topic will enjoy this title as may many readers interested in learning about both ideas and people. Note that this book is beautifully produced with many works of art and other illustrations.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Amber Books Ltd for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub date: 08 September 2022