The Warrior Queens: The Legends and the Lives of the Women Who Have Led Their Nations in War

The Warrior Queens: The Legends and the Lives of the Women Who Have Led Their Nations in War❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ The Warrior Queens: The Legends and the Lives of the Women Who Have Led Their Nations in War Author Antonia Fraser – Oaklandjobs.co.uk In this panoramic work of history, Lady Antonia Fraser looks at women who led armies and empires Cleopatra, Isabella of Spain, Jinga Mbandi, Margaret Thatcher, Zenobia, and Indira Gandhi, among others In this panoramic work of Queens: The MOBI î history, Lady Antonia Fraser looks at women who led armies and empires Cleopatra, Isabella of Spain, Jinga Mbandi, Margaret Thatcher, Zenobia, and Indira Gandhi, among others. A singular exception a woman is often acknowledged the absolute sovereign of a great kingdom, in which she would be deemed incapable of exercising the smallest employment, civil or militaryGibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman EmpireMy first Antonia Fraser history book An experience filled with pleasant surprise regarding the level of research that went into it view spoiler My prior knowledge of Fraser was limited to her writing popular history books hide spoiler Centered aroundA singular exception a woman is often acknowledged the absolute sovereign of a great kingdom, in which she would be deemed incapable of exercising the smallest employment, civil or militaryGibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman EmpireMy first Antonia Fraser history book An experience filled with pleasant surprise regarding the level of research that went into it view spoiler My prior knowledge of Fraser was limited to her writing popular history books hide spoiler Centered around Boudica view spoiler Supposedly Boudicea is the spelling that the British are most used to thanks to Queen Victoria I have only seen Boudicca A better familiarity with Tacitus than British History, I suppose Though Fraser does spend time talking about how the different spellings arose, as well as what they meant for the development of The Warrior Queen hide spoiler , the historical figure who led the 60 61 rebellion against the Romans, and Boudicea, the legendary character, who represented moral qualities that were commendable, Antonia Fraser confronts the development of these two ideas, and how they arose in response to the political and social climate of the time.From this, Fraser highlights the themes that occur throughout different civilisations that of the Shame Syndrome , by which the courage of the woman is contrasted with the weakness of men around her, the attribution of masculine features to a woman i.e., the Tomboy Syndrome , and the chaste promiscuous paradox I finished this book and exhaled loudly while screaming FINALLY Finally it is over I am stubborn and when I hit the halfway point, I refused to quit But, good God, this book is dry And long My brain felt like a glazed donut when I readthan 30 pages in a sitting Maybe I am just not bright enough to appreciate it.But I m giving it three stars for a few reasons 1 I now know about Caterina Sforza taunting soldiers who were about to kill her children by lifting her skirt to show her pre I finished this book and exhaled loudly while screaming FINALLY Finally it is over I am stubborn and when I hit the halfway point, I refused to quit But, good God, this book is dry And long My brain felt like a glazed donut when I readthan 30 pages in a sitting Maybe I am just not bright enough to appreciate it.But I m giving it three stars for a few reasons 1 I now know about Caterina Sforza taunting soldiers who were about to kill her children by lifting her skirt to show her pregnancy and saying, You fools Don t you know that I can makeBrilliant My life is forever richer 2 Queen Nzinga Enough said 3 A few choice anecdotes about the remaining queens that I couldn t help but read aloud to anyone within earshot One star for each spark of joy.Complaints 1 Focuses way too briefly on non European queens drags and drags when it comes to European queens 2 Dry So dry Engaging history is all about creating narrative out of facts and tidbits Fraser is good at this 15% of the time, and awful the other 85% 3 Though her analysis was sharp, naming the facets of historical queendom syndromes e.g Appendage Syndrome makes them sound like diseases I still can t believe I am done reading this book I thought it would never, ever end Surprisingly in depth considering that this is a book that examines many subjects, Fraser examines both the history in facts and the way in which warrior queens have been presented as social entities Very thoroughly researched and referenced although it must be noted that some information is not up to date, which is not surprising given the release date of the latest edition. I stopped reading this book after 233 pages about 2 3 finished because life is too short to read bad books This is only the second book in the last 8 years I have failed to finish without plans to try again The first few chapters are dry analysis of what it means to be a Warrior Queen , and it doesn t pick up pace until 1 3 of the way into the book Then it tries to tell the stories of these Warrior Queens with a chapter apiece, but the author insists on comparing everybody to Boadicea bot I stopped reading this book after 233 pages about 2 3 finished because life is too short to read bad books This is only the second book in the last 8 years I have failed to finish without plans to try again The first few chapters are dry analysis of what it means to be a Warrior Queen , and it doesn t pick up pace until 1 3 of the way into the book Then it tries to tell the stories of these Warrior Queens with a chapter apiece, but the author insists on comparing everybody to Boadicea both the legend and the historical figure I had to stop when halfway into Jinga s chapter, there wasn t any information provided on this character Most of the information presented was the use of Boadicea in literature throughout history Why wasn t that included in Boadicea s chapter The author also gets bits of history wrong Isabella s family tree as she explains the succession You can t forget a daughter and assign her son to a different daughter This isn t The Tudors I have read long history books Postwar, Dreadnought, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, etc and have never come across book as tedious and repetitive nor with the same appalling lack of organization It was absolutely frustrating to read about all the syndromes these women had while ignoring the rich detail or their lives The lack of detail is understandable in the earliest stories where there is little written history and or it is unreliable, but I expected the stories to includedetail as the book progressed and that simply didn t happen.Don t completely give up on Fraser her biography on Marie Antoinette is excellent, and she probably should adapted that format for this book sort histories of Warrior Queens and their achievements This book probably really deserves a 2, but since I couldn t bring myself to finish it I had to rate it a 1 This is one of the most intelligent and thoughtful books I have read in a long while Using Boudica Boadicea as her starting point, Antonia Fraser traces a loose chronology of warrior queens from Zenobia to Queen Isabella to Golda Meir and Indira Gandhi The final chapter or two on Margaret Thatcher is particularly insightful Along the way she discusses how sexuality, maternity, and religion have shaped the conversations surrounding these women for generations, as well as the Appendage Synd This is one of the most intelligent and thoughtful books I have read in a long while Using Boudica Boadicea as her starting point, Antonia Fraser traces a loose chronology of warrior queens from Zenobia to Queen Isabella to Golda Meir and Indira Gandhi The final chapter or two on Margaret Thatcher is particularly insightful Along the way she discusses how sexuality, maternity, and religion have shaped the conversations surrounding these women for generations, as well as the Appendage Syndrome wherein a female ruler can only validate her reign through her ties to a strong male This is a great read, and one not at all outdated by the twenty some years that have passed since its publication in 1988 WARRIOR QUEENS is okay, but Lady Antonia obviously likes the modern queensthan the ancient ones She spends as much time on parades and pageantry in the 19th century, where symbolic warrior queens just bless the troops and appear in very becoming but only sort of military poses, as she does on actual fighting women in the ancient world, like Boudica of England It s also noticeable that with Boudica Lady Antonia plays down the bloody war and butchery and plays up the Roman era that came WARRIOR QUEENS is okay, but Lady Antonia obviously likes the modern queensthan the ancient ones She spends as much time on parades and pageantry in the 19th century, where symbolic warrior queens just bless the troops and appear in very becoming but only sort of military poses, as she does on actual fighting women in the ancient world, like Boudica of England It s also noticeable that with Boudica Lady Antonia plays down the bloody war and butchery and plays up the Roman era that came later She mentions several times that other Britannic warrior queens names not mentioned werepeacable, marrying Roman governors and building Roman style villas with beautiful artwork and frescoes which still catch the eye today Indeed, the image she gives of that time period is that most upper class women willingly chose the comforts and luxuries of life as a Roman lady to the blood and grime of constant war Warlike Boudica was probably the exception rather than the rule In fact Lady Antonia quotes several Roman sources saying that the daughters of the fierce British tribes were quick to adapt Roman customs, bathing and finery so much so that they were often accused of beingRoman than their Roman husbands This book is okay overall, but instead of being a story of warriors it really describes women rulers who sometimes presented themselves in military roles It was an okay book but I have to say the author s continous usage of syndrome did make one think that there was something wrong with the women Also a little too much of warrior women in the European world and not so much with other countries I guess in the 80s her research was limited but even so there must have been other women known then like Nurjahan during the Mughual period of India and I can t believe there was only one queen to cite in Africa And I didn t have that much interest i It was an okay book but I have to say the author s continous usage of syndrome did make one think that there was something wrong with the women Also a little too much of warrior women in the European world and not so much with other countries I guess in the 80s her research was limited but even so there must have been other women known then like Nurjahan during the Mughual period of India and I can t believe there was only one queen to cite in Africa And I didn t have that much interest in reading about Margaret Thatcher, none at all in fact Nor was I that compelled for Indira Ghandi, I think I ll leave my own personal politics out of this, as it is a book review and not a political debate I barely got to the end of this book which was surprising as I m a great fan of Fraser s work ordinarily However, I found the structure of this book somewhat convoluted and confusing, and it didn t really give the insight I was expecting on key female historical figures.Fraser has based the book around the history of Iceni Queen Boadicea Boudica a fascinating story, however almost half of the book is about her which is surprising as so little is known of the 1st century AD queen This mea I barely got to the end of this book which was surprising as I m a great fan of Fraser s work ordinarily However, I found the structure of this book somewhat convoluted and confusing, and it didn t really give the insight I was expecting on key female historical figures.Fraser has based the book around the history of Iceni Queen Boadicea Boudica a fascinating story, however almost half of the book is about her which is surprising as so little is known of the 1st century AD queen This means that the prose tends to digress from the subject at hand and is therefore difficult to keep track of.Also, when Fraser then writes of other historic warrior queens , she continually relates back to Boadicea which provides some interesting viewpoints not ordinarily explored especially for Elizabeth I, my personal favourite historical figure here Saying this, some of the biography of these women is then lost in the telling as the prose again feels to drift without adding any value to the telling.All in all, some very interesting viewpoints in this book, however personally speaking, not exactly what I was expecting Definitely a good read for ancient history enthusiasts, rather than any eracurrent though An account of all the warrior women who left their mark on history and why some were successful and others weren t The warrior queens who earned their reputation as fearsome and holy were only because they evoked popular sentiment of unity and religion, and perpetuated the stereotype of the weak and feeble woman Elizabeth and feminine virtues of chastity, homeliness Golda Meyer, Louise of Prussia, Queen Tamara of Georgia,etc and religious fervor Isabel before she was married and after sh An account of all the warrior women who left their mark on history and why some were successful and others weren t The warrior queens who earned their reputation as fearsome and holy were only because they evoked popular sentiment of unity and religion, and perpetuated the stereotype of the weak and feeble woman Elizabeth and feminine virtues of chastity, homeliness Golda Meyer, Louise of Prussia, Queen Tamara of Georgia,etc and religious fervor Isabel before she was married and after she married, and a tool that she used against La Beltraneja her niece Juana whom she always held was not her brother s daughter In using rebelling against the norm while perpetuating the stereotype of the weak and virtuous female these monarchs and rulers managed to keep their positions and become celebrated icons to this day while those who refused to play by the rules were slandered, publicly and physically humiliated and some of them were forced to take their lives such as Boudicca, Cleopatra, etc or die in battle the Rani of Jhani It s an engrossing account that doesn t end with a simple everything is okay now but makes the points that many of these attitudes on women have changed very little and women leaders today still have to use certain stereotypes to be accepted Couldn t resist this one, what with all the gender power issues swirling around Hillary Clinton s bid for President Also must read anything given a thumbs up by Margaret Atwood because she is an absolute literary goddess a mon avis But in the end I felt that Fraser attempted to cover too much ground between the covers of this book I would have appreciated reading about fewer subject but in greater depth Also, as a non Brit, I was not previously familiar with the story of Boadiccea and it Couldn t resist this one, what with all the gender power issues swirling around Hillary Clinton s bid for President Also must read anything given a thumbs up by Margaret Atwood because she is an absolute literary goddess a mon avis But in the end I felt that Fraser attempted to cover too much ground between the covers of this book I would have appreciated reading about fewer subject but in greater depth Also, as a non Brit, I was not previously familiar with the story of Boadiccea and it was difficult to piece it all together from the author s non linear storytelling Nevertheless, it was an informative read, and it has profoundly influenced my perspective as an observer of and a voter for women in positions of leadership

The Warrior Queens: The Legends and the Lives of the Women
  • Paperback
  • 432 pages
  • The Warrior Queens: The Legends and the Lives of the Women Who Have Led Their Nations in War
  • Antonia Fraser
  • English
  • 27 April 2018
  • 0679728163