The Warrior Queens
  • Author : Antonia Fraser
  • Release Date : 30 November 1994
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Genre : Amazons
  • Pages : 383
  • ISBN 13 : 0297815075
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Download or read book entitled The Warrior Queens written by Antonia Fraser and published by Unknown online. This book was released on 30 November 1994 with total pages 383. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In her dazzlingly erudite and wide-ranging book, Antonia Fraser examines an infinite variety of Warrior Queens, found in almost every culture. On the one hand she recounts the stories of such diverse national heroines as Zenobia of Palmyra, Isabella of Spain, Elizabeth I, Queen Jinga of Angola, Catherine the Great and the Rani of Jhansi, right up to the twentieth-century democratically-elected `Warrior Queens' - Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir and that formidable exponent of the role in our own day, Margaret Thatcher. On the other hand she examines, in terms of their history, the themes which occur and re-occur in very different civilisations and circumstances: the Tomboy Syndrome, for example, by which the adult Warrior Queen is often granted a mythical `tomboy' past, or the Shame Syndrome, by which the courage of the Warrior Queen is contrasted with the weakness of the males around her. Sexuality is also a constant theme, as the Warrior Queen is sometimes seen as preternaturally chaste, sometimes as unnaturally voracious - the same female leader on occasion being the subject of both accusations. Weaving her wealth of scholarship with lightness - and with characteristic humour - Antonia Fraser has produced a remarkable and original work which casts a new light on the familiar heroines of history, and the whole subject of female leadership in times of war. `Required reading for anyone going into politics, truck-driving or the Army: indeed by any woman going into anything' Margaret Atwood

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