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.
When the English laid siege to her castle home, this Scottish woman bedeviled them until they gave up.
Olga of Kiev
Brutal princess-turned-Christian saint who burnt down enemy towns using pigeons.
When her husband was killed in WW2, she sold all their belongings, bought a tank, named it Fighting Girlfriend, and started killing Nazis.
3rd century Rome had a major woman problem. Her name was Zenobia, and she took over a huge chunk of their empire in her brief and tumultuous career as rebel queen.
The Night Witches
This all-female civilian volunteer unit of the WW2 Soviet military overcame a lack of training, equipment, and faith to pull off one of the greatest underdog feats in human history and in so doing become Germany's worst nightmare.