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Game of Thrones and Fast & Furious actor Nathalie Emmanuel presents: Every week father-daughter team Jon and Emily Jordan examine the incredible stories of history’s most powerful female battle leaders, the brilliant methods and maneuvers history’s "killer queens” used to defend themselves and their people from enemy forces—and both father and daughter find out something about each other and how each generation appreciates these incredible women. From ancient Persia to modern-day Britain, experience the daunting thresholds these exceptional women had to cross and the clever, sometimes violent ways in which they smashed obstacles in their paths.

History’s killer queens come in all colors, ages, and leadership styles, and from countries and cultures around the world. Elizabeth Tudor and Golda Meir played the roles of high-stakes gamblers who studied maps with an unblinking, calculating eye. Angola’s Queen Njinga was willing to shed (and occasionally drink) blood to establish a stable kingdom in an Africa ravaged by the slave trade. Caterina Sforza defended her Italian holdings with cannon and scimitar, and Indira Gandhi launched a war to solve a refugee crisis. 

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Game of Thrones and Fast & Furious actor Nathalie Emmanuel presents: Every week father-daughter team Jon and Emily Jordan examine the incredible stories of history’s most powerful female battle leaders, the brilliant methods and maneuvers history’s "killer queens” used to defend themselves and their people from enemy forces—and both father and daughter find out something about each other and how each generation appreciates these incredible women. From ancient Persia to modern-day Britain, experience the daunting thresholds these exceptional women had to cross and the clever, sometimes violent ways in which they smashed obstacles in their paths.

History’s killer queens come in all colors, ages, and leadership styles, and from countries and cultures around the world. Elizabeth Tudor and Golda Meir played the roles of high-stakes gamblers who studied maps with an unblinking, calculating eye. Angola’s Queen Njinga was willing to shed (and occasionally drink) blood to establish a stable kingdom in an Africa ravaged by the slave trade. Caterina Sforza defended her Italian holdings with cannon and scimitar, and Indira Gandhi launched a war to solve a refugee crisis. 

    Indira Gandhi: A War to Save Millions

    Indira Gandhi: A War to Save Millions

    Indira Gandhi led the world’s largest democracy when war broke out on two sides of her country in 1971. She climbed a slippery political ladder to become India’s first female prime minister as her homeland emerged from uncertain days of independence to take its place as a power in South Asia.

    • 39 min
    Elizabeth I: Heart Of A King

    Elizabeth I: Heart Of A King

    A bastard child whose mother was beheaded by her father, imprisoned in the Tower of London, and threatened by her half-sister “Bloody Mary,” young Elizabeth Tudor was unlikely to survive long enough to sit on the English Throne. But when she took the crown, she skillfully navigated the shoals of a divided Europe.

    • 37 min
    Cleopatra: Femme Fatale Genius Strategist

    Cleopatra: Femme Fatale Genius Strategist

    There are a Great Pyramid of misconceptions about Cleopatra, last pharaoh of Egypt. One of the smartest, hardest working, and wealthiest women of the ancient world, Cleopatra leveraged Egypt’s resources and used personal diplomacy with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony to protect her kingdom. From her recruitment of a mercenary army to battle her brother for Egypt’s throne, to her star-crossed battle campaign with Marc Antony against Rome’s Octavian, hear how history’s greatest femme fatale used her nine languages, geopolitical insight, and understanding of the nature of war to hold power in history’s most dramatic era.

    • 47 min
    Njinga: Fashionista Conqueror Who Drank Blood

    Njinga: Fashionista Conqueror Who Drank Blood

    Conqueror. Drinker of blood. 17th century fashionista. Queen Njinga of Ndongo-Matamaba displayed unmatched ferocity as she fought the slave-trading Portuguese for control of modern Angola. One of the few women war leaders who was unafraid to get her hands really dirty, she arranged a "Red Wedding" and led men and women through arrow storms and musket fire over ravines, rivers, and fortress walls. Using religion to meld a coalition of Catholics, cannibals and ancestor-worshiping pagans, she built an army of 80,000 men and drove the Portuguese conquistadors to the brink of ruin.

    • 37 min
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    Game of Thrones and Fast & Furious actor Nathalie Emmanuel presents: Every week father-daughter team Jon and Emily Jordan examine the incredible stories of history’s most powerful female battle leaders, the brilliant methods and maneuvers history’s "killer queens” used to defend themselves and their people from enemy forces—and both father and daughter find out something about each other and how each generation appreciates these incredible women. From ancient Persia to modern-day Britain, experience the daunting thresholds these exceptional women had to cross and the clever, sometimes violent ways in which they smashed obstacles in their paths.

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