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.
An unbeatable warrior princess who just wanted to have kids - and founded a new nation in her quest to…
Gracia Mendes Nasi
Jewish businesswoman who saved thousands of Jews from the Inquisition by smuggling them out of the country.
The first European woman to end up in New Zealand, Charlotte Badger was part pirate, part adopted Maori, and part mom. Which part is which is somewhat lost to history.
When this Spanish merchant went out to pick cabbages, she stumbled upon an unusual kind of pest: a French knight.
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...?