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Women Warlords: An Illustrated Military History of Female Warriors Hardcover – March, 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Blandford Pr (March 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713719656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713719659
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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YA --Newark describes women of early Europe, Africa, and South America who led troops or fought on the battlefield. He begins by presenting both the legend and what has been authenticated about the female warriors, the Amazons, and the truth of the female force of the Dahomey tribe of West Africa. He then goes on to discuss female leaders up to the Hundred Years War. For these, Newark gives some biographical information, focusing on what led the women to become warriors and descriptions of their battles. Less scholarly and more straightforward in tone than Antonia Fraser's Warrior Queens (Knopf, 1989), the book does cover some of the same women. A readable text is presented in fairly small print, relieved by photos of artifacts and ancient drawings. Useful for young adults browsing as well as research, this is a lively and interesting addition to the area of women's history. --Sally Bates Goodroe, Houston Public Library
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Denis Wheary on October 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
Simply put, the newer paperback edition of Women Warlords has only a cover by Angus McBride. And that's all! Since the book has his cover, technically I guess he is the illustrator, but there are no interior color plates usually found in books illustrated by Angus McBride, and for me half the value of these and the Osprey books are in the incredibly researched and painted color plates.

The hard bound edition published in the UK in 1989 by Blandford includes 16 full page color illustrations by McBride, in addition to the cover, which features a different portrait of Matilda of Tuscany than McBride painted for the interior. While there are no explanations of the weapons and battle dress shown in the plates, as in the Osprey books, the pictures of the outfits, weapons and historical figures, in dramatic and fighting poses , with backgrounds, make the early edition of Women Warlords among McBrides' better efforts.

So if you like the color illustrations by the cover artist of this book, don't buy this paperback edition. Search out the 1989 HARD BOUND book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Holly Ingraham on May 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
Newark gives a good analysis of what one might call the Amazon influence. Rather than just being about female generals, he gets down to the trenches, compiling the evidence for woman warriors among the Steppe tribes of Eurasia, in South America (the reason they called the one river the Amazon) and in Dahomey. Also, he makes plain the sociological change from the Medieval woman warlord like Aethelflaed of Mercia or Matilda of Tuscany -- a feudal noble defending her turf -- to the modern "Joan of Arc" image, of the idealistic woman of the people fighting out of patriotism. He does not cover any of the lower-level fighting women of Europe, however, nor the female warlords outside of Europe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Murphy on April 7, 2007
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As has already been said, only the cover is illustrated by McBride, but the text makes it worth every penny anyway. The book consists of the following chapters:

The True Amazons-Warrior Women of the Sarmatians and Scythians

Amazons of the Jungle-Elite groups of female warriors in topical African and South American armies

Braver than her Husband-The stories of Artemisia and Zenobia, not warriors personally, but skilled leaders of them

Celtic Queens-The mythical account of Medb, as well as the real histories of the cunning Cartimandua and the vicious Boudica

Women of Christ-Aethelflaed, Matilda of Tuscany, and Eleanor of Aquitaine-women in the Middle Ages who led men and armies

Hundred Years War Women-Jeanne of Montfort, Christine de Pisan, and the famous Jeanne d'Arc, Joan of Arc
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Format: Hardcover
The price I got it for was a huge factor in this buy (used - .99 cents, $2 shipping). I was interested in this as I am a historical war gamer and am interested in adding female minis to some of my factions/lists... other than the typical chainmail bikini minis. This book is a good reference point for that. Educational too.

The notes in this lead me to further research on women warlords of history.
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By Svarog The Mighty on May 26, 2014
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Boring book that glides over the Amazons, Scythian women and a few others without any real detail about real heroic women from ancient times that were warriors. Very lame.
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