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Women who ruled
Jackson-Laufer, Guida M. (Guida Myrl)
Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [1990]

Physical Description:
xi, 190 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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D107 .J33 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Author Notes

Guida M. Jackson is a lecturer in the English Foundations Department at the University of Houston, Houston, TX and managing editor of Touchstone Literary Journal .

Reviews 3

Library Journal Review

Jackson provides the most extensive source to date covering women rulers, de facto rulers, and constitutional monarchs. About 350 biographical sketches, from Egypt's Meryet-Net (31st century B.C.) to Nicaragua's new president, Violeta Chamorro, are included. Scope, criteria for selection, and special problems are discussed in the preface; a useful overview by continent comprises the introduction; and a chronology lists each ruler by century. Narratives, arranged alphabetically by name, range from a paragraph to 1 pages, depending on the ruler's importance and availability of historical information. Sources are extensively and meticulously documented in the notes and bibliography. A well-researched and readable text, this is recommended for academic, public, and school library reference collections. For more on this topic libraries may also want to consider Olga Opfell's Queens, Empresses, Grand Duchesses and Regents ( LJ 5/1/89).-- Stanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-- A collection of dictionarylike entries about women who held power or ruled in their countries, ranging from fabled rulers of the past to present-day prime ministers. Jackson describes the likelihood and history of women rulers throughout the world in the introduction. This book is full of information; however, it is not a handsome volume. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Jackson's encyclopedic work encompasses women rulers, living or deceased, since the beginning of recorded history. Much care is evident in the preparation of this book, as each ruler's entry is complete with dates, names, and occasionally an illustration. An excellent chronology precedes the entries, and the introduction surveys the regions of the world where women have ruled as monarchs, chiefs, and presidents, thus giving a good understanding of the particular backgrounds from which these women came. The author admits that some rulers have a hazy history and may, in fact, have been fictional persons. However, each ruler, whether real or fictional, has a complete biographical sketch which should help the reader more fully comprehend the role women rulers have played in world history. The notes and bibliography at the end of the book encourage the reader to delve more fully into this topic. Recommended for both undergraduate and graduate libraries. -D. Seaman, Baylor University