Category: Histories Hidden Matriarchs

Émilie du Châtelet

Émilie du Châtelet was a French mathematician and a famed lover of the controversial playwright Voltaire. Her scientific work includes what is still considered the definitive French translation of Newton’s Principia. Yet after her death, Émilie was all but forgotten, and if she was remembered at all, her achievements...

Cleopatra

We began this month with the first Queen of Egypt Merneiththe, and so it seemed only fitting that we end the month with Cleopatra VII Philopator who was the last, and some might argue, most famous Queen of Egypt. Cleopatra's life story has been told and retold, and the...

Nefertiti

Nefertiti has been immortalised in part due to her role in her husband’s overhaul of the Ancient Egyptian religious structure and thanks to the discovery of the famous bust giving a face to the name. However, her story was more complex and interesting than her being the simple wife...

Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut ruled as King during 18th Dynasty Egypt. She first ruled as regent for her nephew before elevating herself to king but is her story that of an ambitious power grab or dutiful regent protecting her infant nephew?...

Tawosret.

Tawosret, is recorded as the last known ruler of the 19th dynasty. Her story although relatively unknown is one of political manoeuvring, and assassination plots. This post looks at her story, the men around her, and her rise to power. ...

Queen Merneith

Queen Merneith, Is considered the third ruler of the first dynasty, she ruled from c 3000-2980 BC, acting as regent for her son King Den. This post looks at her life and legacy, why Egyptian history can be difficult to trace and the lives of women in Ancient Egypt....

Sadie “the goat” Farrell. Queen of the Waterfront

Sadie Farell was a petty thief that rose to the title of Queen of the Waterfront in late 1860s New York. She was said to be petite but tough as nails, prowling the docks of the Fourth Ward near the East River but there is some doubt on her...

Jeanne de Clisson- The Lioness of Brittany

Jeanne de Clisson was the embodiment of one of the Furies of Greek mythology. A 14th century noblewoman, she is remembered today for her 13-year long career as a pirate. As the Lioness of Brittany, Jeanne swore revenge against the French for the execution of her husband....

Lizzie Halliday

Lizzie Halliday was known to have murdered at least five people before being arrested and sentenced to death, becoming the first woman sentenced to death by the electric chair in early twentieth century America. So awful were her crimes that for a short time it was suspected that she...