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Warrior Queens (Women in History) Paperback – 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Phoenix (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842126369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842126363
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,165,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a series of essays on female leadership, and mens' reaction to it, by the renowned author Lady Antonia Fraser. Though it purports to center about the legendary Briton queen Boadicea, the "elephant sitting in the corner" throughout the whole account is the former PM Margaret Thatcher. The Iron Lady makes an overt appearance in the final chapter but her specter looms in the earlier chapters about such rulers as Zenobia, the Palmryan Queen who fought Aurelian, or Elizabeth I, the red-headed Virgin Queen. Fraser is very clever at identifying some of the vices and syndromes, many of them contradictory, that have clustered around female rulers, including the "Voracity Syndrome" - the theory that women in power are sex-crazy. Only Tsarina Catherine II (the "Great") truly matches that description; most, such as Cleopatra, were one-man women, despite their detractors' rhetoric. A fine work of history made especially enjoyable by its breadth and wit.
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This book, like many by Antonia Fraser, was very entertaining and quite thrilling. There was a British bias but it helped to frame the book and there were many side journeys to other nations to keep this journey fascinating.
What was most interesting was how the various women used being women to their advantage as well as how their enemies also used their femaleness against them. Antonia Fraser weaves all these women together but clearly presents their differences. They are all linked by being women but it is shown how that very similarity can be so differently used and percieved by all these various warriors. The inidivduals that come out of this story are unique and interesting. It is these vivid brief portraits that carry this book along. Well done.
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Lady Fraser's book is an excellent treatment of her topic. I was concerned that it might be too politically correct, but in fact she has examined the ways in which women have accepted and cemented positions of power. Her analysis treats on a wide historical range and does not limit itself to the familiar figures: Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, etc. Her style is informative but not difficult and pleasant without being overly colloquial. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in how women present themselves in order to attain and hold power and to people interested in learning more about some histories they would probably not otherwise come across.
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