The War Queens: Extraordinary Women Who Ruled the Battlefield

The War Queens: Extraordinary Women Who Ruled the Battlefield

by Jonathan W. Jordan, Emily Anne Jordan


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The ingenious wartime tactics of some of history’s most powerful female leaders, from the stifling battlefields of ancient Egypt to the frigid waters off the Falkland Islands.

History’s killer queens come in all colors, ages, and leadership styles. Elizabeth Tudor and Golda Meir played the roles of high-stakes gamblers who studied maps with an unblinking, calculating eye. Angola’s Queen Njinga was willing to shed (and occasionally drink) blood to establish a stable kingdom in an Africa ravaged by the slave trade. Caterina Sforza defended her Italian holdings with cannon and scimitar, and Indira Gandhi launched a war to solve a refugee crisis.

From ancient Persia to modern-day Britain, the daunting thresholds these exceptional women had to cross—and the clever, sometimes violent ways in which they smashed obstacles in their paths—are evoked in vivid detail. The narrative sidles up to these war queens in the most dire, tumultuous moments of their reigns and examines the brilliant methods and maneuvers they each used to defend themselves and their people from enemy forces.

Father-daughter duo Jonathan W. and Emily Anne Jordan extoll the extraordinary power and potential of women in history who walked through war's kiln and emerged from the other side—some burnished to greatness, others burned to cinders. All of them, legends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635767193
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 172,669
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Jordan is a military historian and an award-winning author of three books, including the New York Times bestseller Brothers, Rivals, Victors. He is a regular book critic for The Wall Street Journal and the author of articles appearing in MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, World War II Magazine, Military History, and World War II History magazines. In addition to appearing in military documentaries, Jonathan W. has made numerous live, televised, podcast, and radio appearances.

Emily Anne Jordan , Jonathan's daughter, is a debut author, women’s history researcher, and nursing student at the University of Kentucky, where she writes about women's leadership and researches America's opioid epidemic.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Women Waging War ix

Act I The Mighty Arms of Atlas

1 "More Blood Than You Can Drink" 5

2 "My Women Have Become Men" 12

3 The Last Pharaoh 23

4 A Thirst for Blood 50

Act II Women of a Certain Age

5 Lion of the Caucasus 69

6 Year of the Tiger 83

7 Viper and Rose 96

Act III Empires and Rebels

8 Heart of a King 133

9 Baptized in Blood 167

10 Philosophe Warlord 192

Act IV Maps and Legends

11 Red Durga 231

12 Babushka 256

13 Crossfire Hurricane 291

Epilogue: The Final Argument of Queens 320

Acknowledgments 325

Bibliography 327

Source Notes 335

Index 349

About the Authors 358

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