The Concubine Who Conquered Constantinople
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The much-maligned woman fought tooth and nail to position her son, Alexander, to become "the Great" - and herself in the process.
After disguising herself as a man to be the physician women needed, she was put on trial - and won.
Born in a prison cell, this revolutionary financed and led a large chunk of Greece's navy to victory in their fight for independence.
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When her rebel husband was imprisoned, she continued the movement - by holding a castle under siege for three long, lonely years.
100 years before Lawrence of Arabia, this British woman traveled the Middle East by herself, surviving shipwrecks, plagues, and Bedouin attacks in the process.
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.
When her beloved college of history was bombed by the Germans, this woman began a dark path that would see her become history's deadliest female sniper -- and one of Eleanor Roosevelt's best friends.
Sex worker who became empress of the Byzantine Empire, and used her political power to safeguard her interests, and her husband's reputation.