The world is full of women we don’t know whose stories have been overlooked or airbrushed from history.
Often faced with limited life choices, this book proudly showcases those women who took matters into their own hands and became forces to be reckoned with.
These are women you SHOULD know about. Love them or loathe them, they made their mark. From cross dressing soldiers to scheming mistresses and courtesans, Warriors and Wenches offers up an indulgent romp through centuries of history, from widows turned tank drivers bent on bloody vengeance and fierce martial arts fighters, to women who magnificently and outrageously turned their social lot in life to their advantage: the mistresses, courtesans and uniquely French maitresse-en-titres who wielded incredible power and influence in the sumptuous courts of Europe.
Warriors and Wenches doesn’t seek to decide whether these women were ‘good’ or ‘bad;’ we’ll leave it up to you to make up your own minds. But these are just some of the women who, through military skill, incredible courage and loyalty, scandal, poison plots and sexual debauchery, have crossed over into the realm of legend and myth and become powerful symbols of feminist power.
“When the destiny of a nation is in a woman’s bedroom, the best place for the historian is in the antechamber.” Charles-Augustin Sainte-Reuve
I read this book in a little over the day and I loved the layout.
I thought that the chapter length was perfect, it was just enough to give a brief insight in to the lives of some of the female personalities that the author has labelled either a “wench” or a “warrior”.
I have heard of a few of the women in the book but some of them were new to me and they have certainly made me intrigued and determined to follow up on them and read more about what happened during their lives and what happened to take them down their paths of life.
It is 4 stars from me for this one, I really enjoyed the layout and the length of the chapters and it was a great way for me to pass a few hours – highly recommended!!