Sunday, March 25, 2018

Women of History: Empress Matilda of England & Hypatia of Alexandria by Laurel A. Rockefeller






Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

I really love Éowyn from the Lord of the Rings.  I think her story arc in “The Two Towers” and “Return of the King” is grossly under-rated in favour of the *yawn* battle sequences. If you read the Lord of the Rings closely though, you see Éowyn’s powerful journey from orphan to the despair of Grima Wormtongue’s hold over King Théoden to her unrequited infatuation towards Aragorn to warrior princess and victor over the Witch King of Angmar, and finally to love and healing in the Houses of Healing in Gondor when she meets Faramir and is transformed by the true love that grows between them. In the end, she and Faramir become prince and princess of Ithilen, holding and protecting the land on King Elessar’s behalf. It’s a beautiful story and my favourite part of the Lord of the Rings.



















Empress Matilda of England
The Legendary Women of World History Book 7
127 pages

Born in 1102 to King Henry of England and Queen Matilda of Scotland, Matilda's uniquely royal Norman, Saxon, and Scottish heritage was meant to unify an England still divided by her grandfather's conquest in 1066. When the 1120 White Ship Disaster made her the only surviving child of her parents, Matilda suddenly became heiress to the English throne in a time when the old Saxon Witan, not the king's Will, still decided the succession.


Discover the true story of the first woman to claim the throne of England in her own right and be inspired!



Includes Matilda's family tree, a detailed timeline, and a suggested reading list so you can keep learning.








Hypatia of Alexandria
The Legendary Women of World History Book 8
105 pages

As the western world fell into darkness, she dared defend the light.
Born in 355 CE in the aftermath of Constantine's reign, Hypatia of Alexandria lived in a collapsing Roman Empire, a world where obedience to religious authorities trumped science, where reason and logic threatened the new world order. It was a world on the edge of the Dark Ages, a world deciding the question of science verses religion, freedom verses orthodoxy, tolerance verses hate.


For over 40 years, Hypatia stood between the dark ages and the light of classical philosophy, arts, and sciences. Though none of her books survived the aggressive book burnings of religious zealots, her legacy remains that of one of the greatest scientists of all time.

This is her fascinating true story.














Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over twenty books published and self-published since August, 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide. 


With her lyrical writing style, Laurel's books are as beautiful to read as they are informative.



In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series.









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surprise moments during the tour!



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