Krull's introduction begins "Not all governments have been run by men. Here, in chronological order, are twenty women who wielded political power, as queens, warriors, prime ministers, revolutionary leaders, Indian chiefs, first ladies, or other government officials."
Eleanor of Aquitaine is the second ruler in this volume and she was queen of both France and England. Her father died when she was 15 but he had taught her much during her short life. She understood what it took to be powerful, she could read and write, and she was worth a lot of money at that time because of her land holdings. She married Louis VII, the King of France, later divorced him because he was boring. Later she married Henry who later became Henry the II, King of England. They had 8 children together and when she was fed up with Henry's affairs she moved out and established her own court across town where they made fun of men! Henry eventually had her committed to a convent and after his death she was released.
This book is easy to read, has about three pages per extraordinary woman, and has lots of fun comments in the text. Check out Kathleen Krull's website.
As a March activity in the library we hung a picture quiz for students to identify famous American women. See how you do...
This is just a select few but not many of our elementary students know these choices. The two they do know is Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, a victory for modern women.