Can you believe it’s been SIX YEARS since the start of the Legendary Women of World History series first went live? Designed to improve history literacy towards women’s accomplishments, the series has grown to ten biographies with an eleventh biography outside the series in the form of Godiva Award winning “His Red Eminence, Armand-Jean du Plessis de Richelieu.”
Each of these books are perfect for classroom use, continuing education (both within and outside a university setting), home schooling, and summer reading, in addition to simply great books to read because you are interested in learning about the specific biography subject.
With lesson planning often being topical in nature, it can be hard from reading the biography book description to know which books fit best with which units. Here then is a topical breakdown of all eleven books (plus American Poverty which is classified as American History by Audible) to guide your lesson planning. Though these lists are extensive, they are by no means completely comprehensive:
Ancient History: Cleopatra VII: Egypt’s Last Pharaoh; Boudicca, Britain’s Queen of the Iceni; Hypatia of Alexandria
Medieval History: Empress Wu Zetian; Margaret of Wessex: Mother, Saint, and Queen of Scots; Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, the Warrior Princess of Deheubarth; Empress Matilda of England
Renaissance Europe: Catherine de Valois: French Princess, Tudor Matriarch; Mary Queen of the Scots: the Forgotten Reign; Queen Elizabeth Tudor: Journey to Gloriana
Modern History: His Red Eminence, Armand-Jean du Plessis de Richelieu; American Poverty
Topics by Book
American Poverty: American History; Occupy Wall Street; economics; American culture; 21st century.
His Red Eminence, Armand – Jean du Plessis de Richelieu: modern history; statesmen; French history; Louis XIII; Marie de Medici; Alexandre Dumas; “The Three Musketeers”; Bourbon dynasty; 17th century Europe.
Boudicca, Britain’s Queen of the Iceni: Roman Empire; Roman Britain; Celtic Britain; national heroines, warrior queens; Colchester; Londonium; 1st century Europe.
Catherine de Valois: French Princess, Tudor Matriarch: Henry V of England; Hundred Years War; War of the Roses; House Valois; French history; Battle of Agincourt; Shakespeare; Welsh history; matriarchs; 15th century Europe.
Queen Mary Stuart: the Forgotten Reign: Scottish history; Scottish Reformation; Protestant Reformation; Stewart dynasty; Stuart dynasty; Marie de Guise; Edinburgh; Earl of Moray; James Stewart; John Knox; Queen Elizabeth Tudor; House Valois; Auld Alliance; King James VI/I; French dances; French music; bransles; 16th century Europe.
Queen Elizabeth Tudor: the Forgotten Reign: English history; Tudor dynasty; Tudor England; English country dancing; Queen Mary Stuart; Robert Dudley; Princess Elizabeth; Queen Mary Tudor; King Edward VI of England; Tower of London; Tide Letter; second person; 16th century Europe.
Empress Wu Zetian: Chinese history; Tang dynasty; female emperors; concubines; cai ren; Chinese empresses; Li Xian; Li Taizong; Rui zong emperor; Luoyang; Chang An; education for women; women intellectuals; women authors; sovereign queens; Confucianism; 7th century China.
Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd: the Warrior Princess of Deheubarth: Welsh history; medieval Wales; Gwynedd; Powys; Ceredigion; Welsh maid Marion; national heroines; Nest ferch Rhys; Henry Fitzhenry; Dinefwr; Pembrokeshire; Saint David’s Day; Aberffraw; Anglesey; north Wales; King Henry I of England; Maurice de Londres; Norman Conquest; Welsh common law; Norman Conquest of Wales; matriarchs; 12th century Europe.
Empress Matilda of England: Angevin dynasty; medieval England; 12th century England; Salian dynasty; Empire of the Romans; Kaiser Heinrich V; Kaiserin Matilda; imperatrix; Plantagenet dynasty; The Anarchy; Stephen de Blois; civil war; King Henry I of England; King Henry II of England; Welsh common law; royal miscarriage; matriarchs; Thomas Becket; Witan; Margaret of Wessex; Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd; 12th century Europe.
Hypatia of Alexandria: Egypt; Alexandria; late Roman Empire; Eastern Roman Empire; librarians; mathematicians; astronomers; Greek astronomy; Christianity; early Church history; Council of Nicaea; Emperor Constantine; Alexandrine Jewry; Jewish religion; Jewish culture; Passover; Hanukkah; Saturnalia; Library at Alexandria; Serapeum; Caesarium; pagan; Greek philosophy; Neo-Platonism; Athens; education for women; women intellectuals; patriarch of Alexandria; Synesius of Cyrene; Orestes; Roman government; 5th century.
Cleopatra VII: Egypt’s Last Pharaoh: Roman Republic; Gaius Julius Caesar; Ptolemaic dynasty; civil war; Alexandria; Egypt; Caesar Augustus; Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus; Marcus Antonius; Roman women; education for women; women intellectuals; Greek women; women authors; sovereign queens; Tarsus; Battle of Actium; Rome; ancient Rome; ancient Alexandria.
Margaret of Wessex: Norman Conquest; 1066; Battle of Hastings; Battle of Stamford Bridge; Northumbria; House Wessex; Empress Matilda of England; Edith Matilda of Scotland; Edward the Confessor; Harold Godwinson; William the Conqueror; Malcolm III Canmore; Máel Coluim mac Donnchadh Ceann Mhor; Scottish clans; Dunkeld dynasty; Scottish history; Alba; medieval Scotland; Norwegian; Danish; Norman; viking; York; Witan; Jorvik; Dunfermline; Edinburgh; Yorkminster; Westminster; London; Harrying of the North; Winchester; Anglo-Saxon; England; Principality of Hungary; matriarchs; 11th century Europe.