It’s Women’s History Month! To celebrate, here are three books about real women from the past.
If you're looking for something salacious to read, Lucrezia Borgia by Sarah Bradford is the book for you. Lucrezia Borgia and her family embody everything that was sinister and corrupt about the renaissance: incest, political assassination, unscrupulous power grabs, and more. Her father was Pope Alexander, and she was accused of having sex with him when she was married. Rumour has it her father ordered the execution of her first husband when he was no longer needed and the pope needed a better alliance. Used, $0.99
The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte by Ruth Hull Chatlien might be fiction, but the woman it’s about was definitely real. Betsy Patterson Bonaparte was the early 19th century version of Paris Hilton: her family was wealthy because her father was a merchant in Baltimore, and she was a socialite and considered a great beauty, especially in her younger years. When she met Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother, Jerome, the two fell in love, but Napoleon didn’t approve, and forced the two to annul the marriage and Jerome to marry another woman. New, $12.99
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a pioneer in the suffragist and women's rights movement in the twentieth century. In Her Own Right: The Life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Elizabeth Griffith is her story. After meeting fellow abolitionist Lecretia Mott at an anti-slavery convention and discovering they were both angry about the exclusion of women from the proceedings, the two women became fast friends. They eventually held the first Woman's Rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York. Used, $0.99