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Old 06-27-2013, 05:34 PM
 
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I am becoming a fan of Isabella of Castille. for the quality of her daughters and grandchildren as much as anything she herself did, which was outstanding in itself. Plus the whole New World thing

The more I read of Tudor history the more I admire Catherine of Aragon and think it speaks well of her mother. What a strong woman, Catherine I mean.

Currently reading "Mary Tudor the first queen" by Linda Porter and am enjoying it.

And Boudica strikes a chord with me as well, so I consider her fascinating. And that was a good term the OP chose.

And always Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of England by the Wrath of God. Take that Rosemonde de Clifford. or the emperor. whatever


Afraid I am suffering from a 500pm glass of bourbon, but you get the idea.

Good topic.

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Old 06-27-2013, 06:41 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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I am becoming a fan of Isabella of Castille. for the quality of her daughters and grandchildren as much as anything she herself did, which was outstanding in itself. Plus the whole New World thing

The more I read of Tudor history the more I admire Catherine of Aragon and think it speaks well of her mother. What a strong woman, Catherine I mean.

Currently reading "Mary Tudor the first queen" by Linda Porter and am enjoying it.

And Boudica strikes a chord with me as well, so I consider her fascinating. And that was a good term the OP chose.

And always Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of England by the Wrath of God. Take that Rosemonde de Clifford. or the emperor. whatever


Afraid I am suffering from a 500pm glass of bourbon, but you get the idea.

Good topic.
Those European women! The things they did, even going back to when history was poorly recorded, are astounding. Especially, to me, the women who were not born to power, but just sort of took it! Heartless beaches who killed their lovers, husbands, sons, sisters; you name it, just to get what they wanted. Which, in a lot of cases, was the right thing all along because it was best for everyone concerned at the time.

I'd love to join you in a bourbon, but I just can't stand the taste of liquor anymore.
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:13 AM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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For our Southern friends and Civil War history buffs, may I suggest this fascinating female:

Varina Howell Davis.

Second wife Jefferson Davis and First Lady of the Confederacy. She was a bright and extraordinary woman.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:14 PM
 
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Hatshepsut, one of the few known female rulers of the Two Lands of the Nile.

Zenobia, warrior princess of Palmyrene.

And of course can't forget about the Kahina of the Maghreb. Some traditions claim she was Jewish, but most agree she was of the Zenetiya branch of the Banu Mazigh, who ultimately was defeated during the Arab conquest of the coast of the Maghreb. However her valiant, courageous fighting spirit never died, and tales of her heroism are still told today.
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