By Joann Fletcher
World-Renowned Egyptologist Dr. Joann Fletcher bargains an extraordinary examine considered one of history’s so much attention-grabbing leaders—Politician, mom, and Goddess—the mythical Cleopatra.
The topic of fable for greater than millennia, Cleopatra was once a girl of ardour, magnetism, and political genius, the final and maximum Egyptian pharaoh. during this spell binding biography, Egyptologist Joann Fletcher attracts on a wealth of newly came across info and study to bare this important girl as she actually used to be, from her first assembly with Julius Caesar to her mythical demise via snakebite.
Cleopatra the Great tells the tale of a turbulent time and the extreme girl at its heart. A polymath monarch, she used to be additionally a effective blend of traditionalist and innovator, astute adequate to gain what used to be invaluable for Egypt’s endured prosperity and sufficiently ruthless to permit not anything to face in her way.
Yet our figuring out of Cleopatra has been obscured by way of Roman propaganda, Shakespearean tragedy, and Hollywood glamour. Cleopatra the Great items jointly the pharaoh’s historical global with information about her sizeable library and notorious banquets, her relationships with either Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and her skillful use of favor and elegance to additional her pursuits and her mystique. clever and compulsively readable, this is an remarkable biography necessary of its topic.
By Christina Vella
Opposed to a richly woven ancient historical past of 2 centuries and vibrant societies, Christina Vella unfolds the compelling tale of the marital alliance among the Almonester and Pontalba households of Louisiana. Born into wealth in New Orleans in 1795, Micaela Almonester was once married into distress in France 16 years later. Intimate Enemies provides the superb real account of this resilient woman’s life—and the 3 males who most influenced its direction: her father, Andrés, an illustrious New Orleans builder in whose footsteps she finally with nice contrast; her partner's father, Xavier, who for greater than 20 years attempted to break her marriage and grab keep watch over of her fortune, ultimately capturing Micaela in violent depression; and her husband, Célestin, whom, regardless of all, she compassionately supported until eventually her demise. tailored as an opera in 2003 by way of the recent Orleans Opera, Intimate Enemies has captured the mind's eye and admiration of readers all over the place.
By Deborah J. Swiss
The convict girls who outfitted a continent..."A relocating and engaging story." -Adam Hochschild, writer of King Leopold's Ghost
The Tin Ticket takes readers to the sunrise of the 19th century and into the lives of 3 girls arrested and despatched into affliction and slavery in Australia and Tasmania-where they overcame their fates not like any ladies on the planet. It additionally tells the story of Elizabeth Gurney Fry, a Quaker reformer who touched all their lives. eventually, it is a tale of ladies who, through sheer strength of will, turned the guts and soul of a brand new nation.
By Margot Mifflin
In 1851 Olive Oatman used to be a thirteen-year previous pioneer touring west towards Zion, together with her Mormon family members. inside of a decade, she was once a white Indian with a chin tattoo, stuck among cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing tale of this forgotten heroine of frontier the US. Orphaned while her kin was once brutally killed by means of Yavapai Indians, Oatman lived as a slave to her captors for a 12 months ahead of being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their very own. She used to be totally assimilated and completely satisfied while, at nineteen, she used to be ransomed again to white society. She grew to become an speedy famous person, however the cost of reputation used to be excessive and the ache of her ruptured youth lasted a lifetime.Based on ancient files, together with letters and diaries of Oatman’s associates and relations, The Blue Tattoo is the 1st e-book to ascertain her lifestyles from her early life in Illinois—including the bloodbath, her captivity, and her go back to white society—to her later years as a prosperous banker’s spouse in Texas.Oatman’s tale has due to the fact develop into legend, inspiring artistic endeavors, fiction, movie, radio performs, or even an episode of loss of life Valley Days starring Ronald Reagan. Its topics, from the perils of spiritual utopianism to the permeable border among civilization and savagery, are deeply rooted within the American psyche. Oatman’s blue tattoo used to be a cultural image that evoked either the imprint of her Mohave previous and the lingering scars of westward growth. It additionally served as a reminder of her inner most mystery, absolutely explored the following for the 1st time: she by no means desired to move home. (20090910)
By Roger Bagnall, Raffaella Cribiore
While historians examine the ladies of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquity, they're as a rule depending on old literature written by means of males. yet girls themselves did write and dictate. And simply of their personal deepest letters will we become aware of unmediated expression in their genuine experiences.More than 300 letters written in Greek and Egyptian via girls in Egypt within the millennium from Alexander the nice to the Arab conquest live on on papyrus and pottery. those letters have been written via ladies from a number of walks of existence and make clear serious social facets of existence in Egypt after the pharaohs. Roger S. Bagnall and Raffaella Cribiore gather the simplest preserved of those letters in translation and set them of their paleographic, linguistic, social, and fiscal contexts. hence, Women's Letters from historical Egypt, three hundred BC-AD 800, offers a feeling that those women's behavior, pursuits, and technique of expression have been a product extra in their social and fiscal status than of particularly gender-related issues or behavior.Women's Letters from historical Egypt, three hundred BC-AD 800, takes the reader via theoretical discussions concerning the handwriting and language of the letters, the schooling and tradition of the writers, and the writers' daily matters and occupations, in addition to evaluating those letters to related letters from later old sessions. for every letter, dialogue makes a speciality of handwriting, language, and content material; furthermore, a variety of illustrations aid the reader to work out the diversity of handwritings. so much of this fabric hasn't ever been on hand in English translation earlier than, and the letters have by no means formerly been regarded as a unmarried physique of material.Roger S. Bagnall is Professor of Classics and background, Columbia University.Raffaella Cribiore is affiliate Curator of Papyri and Adjunct affiliate Professor within the Classics division, Columbia collage.
By Barbara A. Hanawalt
London turned a global middle for import and export exchange within the overdue heart a long time. The export of wool, the advance of luxurious crafts and the redistribution of products from the continent made London one of many top advertisement towns of Europe. whereas capital for those ventures got here from various resources, the recirculation of wealth via London ladies was once very important in delivering either fabric and social capital for the expansion of London's economic climate. A intelligent Venetian vacationing England round 1500 commented in regards to the focus of wealth and estate in women's palms. He mentioned that London legislation divided a testator's estate 3 ways permitting a 3rd to the spouse for her existence use, a 3rd for instant inheritance of the heirs, and a 3rd for burial and the good thing about the testator's soul. ladies inherited both with males and widows had custody of the wealth of juvenile young ones. In a society within which marriage used to be assumed to be a typical country for girls, London girls married and remarried. Their wealth them of their marriages and used to be it was once administered via next husbands. This examine, in line with broad use of basic resource fabrics, indicates that London's fiscal development used to be partly end result of the vast wealth that ladies transmitted via marriage. The Italian customer saw that London males, not like Venetians, didn't search to set up lengthy patrilineages discouraging ladies to remarry, yet as a substitute hottest to recirculate wealth via ladies. London's social constitution, hence, used to be horizontal, spreading wealth between guilds instead of lineages. The liquidity of wealth used to be vital to a becoming advertisement society and girls introduced not just wealth yet social status and alternate talents besides into their marriages. yet marriage was once now not the one financial job of girls. London legislations accredited ladies to exchange of their personal correct as femmes soles and a few ladies, a lot of them immigrants from the geographical region, served as salary employees. yet London's records be certain women's leader monetary influence was once felt within the capital and ability they introduced with them to marriages, instead of their gains as self reliant investors or salary workers.
By Getzel M. Cohen, Martha Sharp Joukowsky
-Claire Lyons, The Getty Museum
"Behind those pioneering girls lie a variety of interesting and encouraging existence tales. notwithstanding every one in their stories is exclusive, they have been all bold students whose very important contributions replaced the sphere of archaeology. Kudos to the authors for making their tales and accomplishments recognized to us all!"
-Jodi Magness, college of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
This ebook offers twelve interesting ladies whose contributions to the improvement and growth of previous global archaeology---in a space starting from Italy to Mesopotamia---have been immeasurable. each one essay during this assortment examines the lifetime of a pioneer archaeologist within the early days of the self-discipline, tracing her direction from schooling within the classics to shuttle and exploration and eventual foreign attractiveness within the box of archaeology. The lives of those girls might function versions either for these attracted to gender experiences and the heritage of archaeology simply because in truth, they broke floor either as ladies and as archaeologists.
The curiosity inherent in those biographies will succeed in well past outlined disciplines and subdisciplines, for the lifetime of each one of those fascinating and entire members is an event tale in itself
By Julie Des Jardins
In girls and the historic company in the US , Julie Des Jardins explores American women's participation within the perform of background from the past due 19th century in the course of the finish of worldwide struggle II, a interval within which heritage turned professionalized as an more and more masculine box of clinical inquiry. Des Jardins unearths how girls however reworked the occupation in the course of those years of their roles as writers, preservationists, educators, executive staff, archivists, and social activists.
Des Jardins explores the paintings of a wide selection of ladies historians, either specialist and novice, well known and scholarly, conservative and radical, white and nonwhite. even if their skill to earn expert credentials and achieve study acess to reputable files was once restricted by way of their gender (and frequently via their race), those historians addressed vital new questions and represented social teams normally passed over from the ancient list, resembling employees, African americans, local american citizens, and spiritual minorities. Assessing the historic contributions of Mary Beard, Zora Neale Hurston, Angie Debo, Mari Sandoz, Lucy Salmon, Mary McLeod Bethune, Dorothy Porter, Nellie Neilson, and so forth, Des Jardins argues that girls operating in the broadest confines of the historic firm jointly introduced the recent views of social and cultural heritage to the examine of a multifaceted American earlier. within the method, they not just built the sphere of women's background but additionally stimulated the production of our nationwide reminiscence within the 20th century.
By Meg Gomersall, Jo Campling
This ebook is worried with the nineteenth-century schooling, relations existence and employment of working-class women and girls. according to wide neighborhood learn, it additionally attracts on facts from social, labour and women's background in a wide-ranging research of the needs and practices of women' schooling inside a number of types of education, either private and non-private.
By Nina Silber
Daughters of the Union casts a focus on the most ignored and least understood contributors within the American Civil struggle: the ladies of the North. not like their accomplice opposite numbers, who have been usually stuck in the course of the clash, so much Northern girls remained faraway from the hazards of conflict. still, they enlisted within the Union reason on their domestic flooring, and the event reworked their lives. Nina Silber lines the emergence of a brand new experience of self and citizenship one of the girls left at the back of by way of Union infantrymen. She bargains a fancy account, reinforced through women's personal phrases from diaries and letters, of the adjustments in job and angle wrought through the battle. ladies turned wage-earners, individuals in partisan politics, and lively individuals to the struggle attempt. yet at the same time their political and civic identities improved, they have been anticipated to subordinate themselves to male-dominated govt and armed forces bureaucracies. Silber's arresting story fills an enormous hole in women's historical past. She indicates the ladies of the North--many for the 1st time--discovering their patriotism in addition to their skill to confront new monetary and political demanding situations, at the same time they encountered the hindrances of wartime rule. The Civil warfare required many girls to behave with higher independence in working their families and in expressing their political beliefs. It introduced ladies extra firmly into the civic sphere and finally gave them new public roles, which might turn out the most important beginning issues for the late-nineteenth-century feminist fight for social and political equality. (20061001)
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