My number 1 favorite woman in history is Queen Elizabeth I.
Strong-willed, intelligent, popular and personal, Queen Elizabeth dedicated herself to her people. Despite her father killing off her mother and several of her step-mothers, Elizabeth was decisive, deliberate, regal, and patient. She was reluctant to take action in foreign affairs with the belief that wars were expensive and peace was cheap.
“She is only a woman, only mistress of half an island, and yet she makes herself feared by Spain, by France, by the Empire, by all.” – Pope Sixtus V
For some really GREAT information on Elizabeth, I highly recommend going to http://thehistorychicks.com/ and listening to both podcasts Queen Elizabeth Part 1 and Part 2. The history chicks know.their.stuff. and I love listening to them discuss all my favorite women in history while I paint!
Another great resource: The Tudor Tutor. Barb’s book is on amazon for $5! It’s chock full of amazing info on all your favorite Tudors and is in a really easy to follow format. You can purchase it here: http://tinyurl.com/m6bamqb