When her shogun husband cheated on her, she raised an army and destroyed the other woman’s house. Later she deposed her incompetent son to become the first nun to rule Japan.
When this indigenous Brazilian warrior mermaid proved too awesome for her tribe, she just took up residence in the water, and started an aquatic harem of passers-by.
100 years before Lawrence of Arabia, this British woman traveled the Middle East by herself, surviving shipwrecks, plagues, and Bedouin attacks in the process.
This brutal sovereign’s reign saw her outlaw clapping, pioneer death by feet-kissing, and design giant weaponized scissors – but are we only getting one side of the story…?
She traded a life of privilege for one spent fighting for justice on both literal and political battlefields so tirelessly that even exiling her five times couldn’t keep her down.
This Jewish-Ethiopian warrior queen took the throne, ended a millennium-old biblical dynasty, and caused a break in Ethiopia’s history that has not healed to this day – or did she…?
The first female mathematician in recorded history, and one of the luminaries of the ancient world – but her grisly death at the hands of a mob was only the start of her troubles.
This legendary warrior queen who killed 70,000 Romans, burnt London to the ground, and became the most famous headhunter of all time – and to this day, Britain loves her for it.
This undefeated half-Spaniard fencer was a household name in the 1800s – only to vanish into retirement (and obscurity) when she ran out of people to fight.
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.