Got to meet this author last evening at our local book store:
When it came to hunting, she was a master shot. As a dress designer, few could compare. An ingenious architect, she innovated the use of marble in her parents’ mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna River that inspired her stepson’s Taj Mahal. And she was both celebrated and reviled for her political acumen and diplomatic skill, which rivaled those of her female counterparts in Europe and beyond.
In 1611, thirty-four-year-old Nur Jahan, daughter of a Persian noble and widow of a subversive official, became the twentieth and most cherished wife of the Emperor Jahangir. While other wives were secluded behind walls, Nur ruled the vast Mughal Empire alongside her husband, and governed in his stead as his health failed and his attentions wandered from matters of state. An astute politician and devoted partner, Nur led troops into battle to free Jahangir when he was imprisoned by one of his own officers. She signed and issued imperial orders, and coins of the realm bore her name.
It's good to see these stories being told. I must get around to reading Aisha: The Wife, The Companion, The Scholar by Resit Haylamaz. She was also a formidable woman in her time.
We have a couple of noted formidable women in Irish history. One was Grace O'Malley, a pirate queen who had the temerity to meet Queen Elizabeth 1 on equal terms. Earlier, in pre-history, we had Queen Maeve who met men on their own terms. Her story is told in The Cattle Raid of Cooley.
Maybe you'll let us know what you think of your book when you've had a chance to read it.