Hope everyone had a splendid Halloween! It brought an awesome surprise around these parts – the first Rejected Princess cosplay! Introducing Gem Torres as Massagetae queen Tomyris. She did an AMAZING job!
Civilization games introduce Tomyris as playable character
It was recently announced that in the game Civilization VI you can play as Tomyris and the Scythians.
More before-and-after from the book
Posting a couple more before/after revamps from the book - this time with commentary on what I changed and why!
On Tirgatao and Scythian Ethnicity
There's lots of evidence to Scythians being red-haired and light skinned. So why did I not portray Tirgatao that way?
Abandoned and imprisoned, this real-life Amazon took back the life she had stolen away.
Nog Prize #6: Cyrus and Croesus were not bros
A reader brought to my attention that Cyrus the Great actually set Croesus on fire, so yeah - depicting them as best buds was probably somewhat inaccurate.
Our first cosplayer!
Hope everyone had a splendid Halloween! It brought an awesome surprise around these parts - the first Rejected Princess cosplay!…
Meet the Amazons
We kick off Amazon Week by meeting Worthy of Armor, Don’t Fail, Princess, Battle Cry, and Hot Flanks - and exploring the historical evidence for amazons!
Nog Prizes 3-5
In which I am corrected on Athena's shield, Irish mythology, and the identity of Tomyris's foe!
When the most powerful man in the world made plans on her country, she: turned down his marriage proposal, destroyed his armies, and defiled his head so famously that she became legend for centuries thereafter.
Black, Muslim warrior queen of a tribe of griffin-riding Amazons - and the honest-to-god namesake of California.
The first prosthetic limb in human civilization went to this ancient warrior queen. Or did it? The story is more complex than you might think.
Daring journalist who infiltrated insane asylums, exposed slavery rings, and raced around the world in under 80 days.
Noor Inayat Khan
Pacifist Indian princess who gave up everything of herself to hold the line in occupied Paris during World War 2.
The illegitimate daughter of a minor noble, after losing her husband, she became one of the most powerful and fierce women in Italy - commanding troops, insulting Machiavelli, and fighting Cesare Borgia with unmatched ferocity.
Mekatilili wa Menza
When colonial powers went too far, she rebelled in the most stylish way possible: dancing from town to town. It was surprisingly effective.