Women in history ~ Did they have power? Were they respected?

Hello everyone!

I invite you to share the women in history that you admire most (timeline – beginning of time and ending with Elizabeth I) .  Please don’t go past Elizabeth I but your choices are limitless otherwise.

  There are so many women in history that had power and influence and were respected by both men and women.  Why do you admire them?      What mark did they leave on history?  Have books of historical fiction been written about them?  If you’re an author, do you have a book that is yet to be released that is about a woman of power?

Just click on Comments to read the posts.  I’m looking forward to being introduced to some very intereting historical women!
your faithful scribe, Linda

7 Responses to “Women in history ~ Did they have power? Were they respected?”

  1. traci Says:

    I am a huge Boadicea fan! What a great idea, Linda, for a topic. Boadicea lived in 60 AD, and after her husband died, she gathered what were individual Briton tribes against the invading Romans. I’ve done a lot of research on Boadicea (some of it is some pretty dry reading, lol) and there are many ways of saying or spelling her name – Bodicca, is one that comes to mind, or Boudica. In my writing, I chose Boadicea because I liked it best
    It is said that she had two daughters, who were tortured and raped by the Roman army – and that this incident is what prompted her to go to war and try and kick the Romans from Briton. What’s crazy is that she almost succeeded!
    My two most post it noted books (non fiction) on Boadicea are : The Legacy of Boadicea, by Jodi Mikalachki and Boudica, Iron Age Warrior Queen by Richard Hingley and Christina Unwin
    My favorite fiction story is Ravens of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson


  2. Mary M Says:

    I’m still deciding, but thought I would share my love of this great Queen, too! Warrior, Celtic Queen and Druid Priestess. The Romans feared this woman. The one book that will always stand out for me is a fictional one. It is by Haley Elizabeth Garwood and is part of her Warrior Queen series. The title is “Ashes of Britanna.” An excellent book!

  3. Anita Says:

    How timely, Linda. I was just reading about one of my favorite women in history, the formidable “Lady of the Mercians,” Athelflaed. As a child she fled to the marshes of Altheney with her parents as the Vikings sought to kill them and Wessex nearly fell. She learned well at her father’s feet, and when she married Athelred of Mercia, she was instrumental in fortifying Mercia’s defenses. When her husband died, Athelflaed ruled alone, leading out the Mercian army against the Vikings on more than one occasion. Anita

  4. Anita Says:

    I fogot to mention, Athelflaed is the daughter of Alfred the Great. Sorry.


  5. Linda Abel Says:

    hello everyone!

    Thanks for sharing your ‘powerful women in history’. Looking into their world and how they lived their lives has— and still is—fascinating to me. These women not only gained power in a world ruled by men but, in many cases, they were respected by men.

    I also posted the same question on the RT Reviews Historical message board and here’s a list of the ones they chose.
    **Theodora – Justinian I’s wife
    **Elizabeth I
    *Catherine di Medici – Yes, I know she gets a bad rap, poisoner, Inquisition, etc. but I do think she was powerful and influential, particularly for bringing Italian art/culture to France
    **Eleanor of Aquitaine
    **Elizabeth of Hungary (the one that was later canonized, I think)
    **Saint Jeanne d’Arc
    **Saint Teresa d’Avila
    **Queen Margaret I of Norway, Denmark, Sweden – one of the few mediaeval queens to unite Scandinavia
    **Bess of Hardwick

    Looking forward to more posts. Until then,
    your faithful scribe, Linda

  6. Denise Domning Says:

    One of my favorite women is Emma, the (final) wife of Ethelred (the Unread–as compared to the Unready) and aunt of Duke William (later to be the Conqueror). Emma managed to stay on the throne, and married to a king, through the Danish conquest of England when she married Canute who was some years her junior, then after her son by Canute died, managed to get Edward (the Confessor) on the throne. THEN, when Edward proved unfruitful, plotted against her former English allies to see to it that William had what he needed to claim the throne for her family line.

  7. Lauri Says:

    I love this topic. Currently I’ve been studying St. Teresa of Avila. What a woman! She was not only a comely woman, but had a personality to boot. From devout parents, and devout herself, at a young age she and her brother decided to runaway to the Moors to be beheaded for their Christian beliefs. Thank goodness their uncle came upon them on the way out of town and turned them around!
    She was ill for a considerable time during her life, never fully recovering from malaria when she was younger…a disease that caused her paralysis for 3-years. Yet this didn’t stop her from being the reformist that the Carmelites needed and it didn’t stop her from establishing several convents and monasteries of the Carmelite Order.
    St. Teresa wasn’t perfect and perhaps that’s why I like her…she was a bit of a flirt in her younger days, and what we might call a social butterfly. But it wasn’t long before she found out what was most important and her strong faith in God caused her to be one of the ‘women of history.’

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