Laurel A. Rockefeller

Biography

Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over one hundred books published and self-published since August, 2012 with print editions spanning across ten languages and counting, plus audio books on Audible in English and Spanish. 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, travelling to historic places, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series. Favourites: Star Trek, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, and Babylon 5.

Winner of the "Godiva Book Award" for 2019 for "His Red Eminence," Laurel is a proud supporter of Foster Parrots Ltd., The Arbor Day Foundation, and Health in Harmony.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, about one mile from Hyde Observatory, one of the very few public astronomical observatories in the United States. At Hyde, I first learned about the stars and the greater universe. When Star Wars came out in 1977, my interest in astronomy only increased, cumulating in my University of Nebraska astronomy courses as part of my general education requirements. As you might expect, knowing about physics and astronomy is critical to any serious science fiction writing endeavor.

So I must credit Lincoln and the fine science education I received there for providing the foundation for the world building in my books. Without science, I could not write science fiction.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Great question which really comprises two components: becoming an author and publishing independently.

For me, there was never "becoming" an author so much as embracing my talent and giving myself permission to be the person I always wanted to be. For women, especially women who love science as much as I do, this is the most difficult initial hurdle to overcome. All my life I was told not to try, that writing would never make me a living, and to go do x,y,z instead. And of course, I was picked on for being good at science and thinking physics is fun.

My talent, of course, could care less what the naysayers said or what role was allegedly pre-defined for me as a woman. As a teen I wrote fan fiction novels. In my 20s and 30s I shifted my focus to non-fiction, research-centric articles, mostly for regional newsletters that offered me exposure, but no pay.

Finally in 2011, I dared to throw aside all the naysayers and begin work on my first novel, "The Great Succession Crisis."

In August, 2012 I learned about SmashWords. Then and only then did I decide to become an "independent author." Given the difficulties in obtaining contracts with the Big Three publishing houses, independent publication through SmashWords, CreateSpace, and Amazon made sense.

To these I am grateful. Now I can finally pursue the talent that was always there.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Laurel A. Rockefeller online

Series

Legendary Women of World History Textbooks
Textbook versions of Legendary Women of World History biographies plus non-series textbooks by Laurel A. Rockefeller.
Life With Cockatiels
Guide books about cockatiels
Preparing for My Senior Cockatiel
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 20!)
The Legendary Women of World History
History comes alive in this thoughtful narrative biography series of women from across history whose lives still touch ours today.
The Peers of Beinan
Murder, mystery, conspiracies, and romance await you in this spicy adventure where nothing is what it seems to be.
The Legendary Women of World History Collections
Boxed set editions of the LWWH books.
Renaissance Queens
Price: $4.99 USD.
Medieval Queens
Price: $4.99 USD.
Ancient Heroines
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Legendary Women of World History Dramas
Stage drama editions of the Legendary Women of World History biographies.
Peers of Beinan Series: Collections
Boxed sets and companion books for the Peers of Beinan Series

Books

Student Questions (Volumes 1-10)
Series: Legendary Women of World History Textbooks. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,970. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Study guides - Social science, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » History
The study questions from all ten student-teacher editions for the Legendary Women of World History are collected together in a single volume. This tool for off-campus social studies and history units allows you to use the regular editions of each of the first ten Legendary Women of World History biographies in your off-campus classroom without needing to buy the student-teacher textbook editions.
Margaret of Wessex Activity Book
Series: The Legendary Women of World History: Activity Books, 10. Price: Free! Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books
Discover medieval England and Scotland in fascinating and unexpected ways when you challenge yourself with these puzzles based on “Margaret of Wessex: Mother, Saint, and Queen of Scots” by Laurel A. Rockefeller. Enjoy matching, word search, crossword, word scramble, and logic puzzles while you explore the middle ages. From epic battles to kings, queens, conquerors, and even church men.
Preparing for My Senior Cockatiel
Series: Life With Cockatiels, 2. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 20!) Words: 16,830. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Birds, Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock
In this guide book and sequel to “Preparing For My First Cockatiel,” author Laurel A. Rockefeller explores how to enhance your birds’ lives so they live well beyond the “senior bird” threshold of ten years old. Diet is covered extensively along with how to improve your birds’ home environment for the challenges older birds face.
Lady Biya’s Guide to Medieval Aviculture
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 16, 2021!) Words: 12,510. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Nonfiction » History » Medieval
The collected works and research of "Lady Biya Saman" (mka Laurel A. Rockefeller) from the Society for Creative Anachronism concerning companion birds in the middle ages. Includes class handouts from "Survey to Medieval Aviculture" and "Talons and White Crests" about Asian falconry and Chinese aviculture.
Empress Wu Zetian: Student - Teacher Edition
Series: Legendary Women of World History Textbooks, 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,900. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Royalty, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Asia
The most hated woman in Chinese history! Born in 624 CE in Wenshui County in Shanxi province, very little was expected of the beautiful and bright Wu Zhao (reign title Wu Zetian) -- except that she would be trouble to any man unlucky enough to marry her. Student - Teacher Edition features challenging study questions after every chapter.
Mary Queen of the Scots: Student - Teacher Edition
Series: Legendary Women of World History Textbooks, 3. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until June 14, 2021!) Words: 12,520. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Royalty, Nonfiction » History » European
(4.00 from 1 review)
Mary Queen of the Scots tells Mary's true story, focusing primarily on her reign as queen of Scotland, celebrating her life more than her death, and showing us all why she was truly a woman ahead of her time. Student - Teacher Edition features study questions after every chapter, plus a detailed timeline, and an extensive suggested reading list.
Boudicca, Britain's Queen of the Iceni: Student - Teacher Edition
Series: Legendary Women of World History Textbooks, 1. Price: $2.99 $0.99 USD. (67% off until Sep. 6, 2022!) Words: 9,520. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Biographical / European, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Women
In 43 CE Roman conquest of Britannia seems all but certain -- until a chance meeting between King Prasutagus of the Iceni and a runaway slave of royal decent from the Aedui tribe in Gaul changes the fate of the British islands forever. Student - Teacher Edition features study guide questions after every chapter.
Empress Matilda of England: Student - Teacher Edition
Series: Legendary Women of World History Textbooks, 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,940. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Women, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Medieval
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! Student - Teacher Edition features challenging study questions.
Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd: Student - Teacher Edition
Series: Legendary Women of World History Textbooks, 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,930. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Royalty, Nonfiction » History » European
The inspiring tale of the national heroine of Wales comes to life in this textbook edition designed to challenge students of all ages. Study questions follow each chapter to test reading comprehension and practice critical thinking skills. Challenging puzzles entertain while they educate. Perfect for home schools and as a supplement to formal classroom settings.
Hypatia of Alexandria: Student - Teacher Edition
Series: Legendary Women of World History Textbooks, 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,660. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Scientists, Inventors, Nonfiction » History » Ancient
(3.00 from 1 review)
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. Student - Teacher Edition features challenging puzzles and study guide questions after every chapter.
Cleopatra VII: Student - Teacher Edition
Series: Legendary Women of World History Textbooks, 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,040. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Royalty biography, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Royalty
The exciting true story of Egypt's most famous queen! Now in student - teacher edition for secondary school social studies classes and home schools! Demonized as a simple seductress by Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (the future Caesar Augustus) and his political allies, Cleopatra VII proved herself the equal to the most powerful men of the Roman Republic.
Queen Elizabeth Tudor: Student - Teacher Edition
Series: Legendary Women of World History Textbooks, 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,620. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » History, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Royalty
Explore Elizabeth’s path from “Lady Elizabeth” to “Gloriana” through the lens of her relationship with Robert Dudley, a relationship far more contentious than most people believe. Politics and religion collide, provoking Elizabeth to console herself with her music, and a hard decision lays before her as plots against her life threatens her throne. Features puzzles and study guide questions.
Catherine De Valois: Student - Teacher Edition
Series: Legendary Women of World History Textbooks, 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,330. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Royalty, Nonfiction » Biography » Royalty biography
Catherine de Valois survived the ravages of her father’s schizophrenia, a civil war at home, and King Henry's war with France to become one of Renaissance England's most fascinating and courageous queens. Student-Teacher edition features study guide questions following every chapter plus challenging puzzles to practice reading comprehension, logic, and critical thinking skills.
American Poverty: Student-Teacher Edition
Series: Legendary Women of World History Textbooks. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,840. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » History
In this thought-provoking historical and economic analysis, Laurel A. Rockefeller takes on poverty culture head-on, exploring what it means to be poor in the United States. She also takes a look at how America's closest allies (Canada, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom) take care of their poor. Student - Teacher edition adds questions to the front of each of the book's three parts.
Margaret of Wessex: Student - Teacher Edition
Series: Legendary Women of World History Textbooks, 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,090. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » History, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
The inspiring story of Margaret of Wessex, queen consort to Malcolm III Canmore of Alba comes to life in this special student-teacher edition designed for educational and home school use. Questions practicing reading comprehension, logic, and critical thinking skills pair with history learning to create a robust yet accessible addition to, or focal point for, social studies units and classes.
Margaret of Wessex: Mother, Saint, and Queen of Scots
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,280. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage, Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
The 11th century was a dangerous time to be of the line unbroken of King Æthelred II Unread and his first queen, Æfgifu of York. Recalled to England from Hungary by Edward the Confessor and made a political prisoner, Margaret and her family found King Máel Coluim mac Donnchadh Ceann Mhor's invitation to his court in Dunfermline the long-awaited answer to her prayers.
Cleopatra VII Activity Book
Series: The Legendary Women of World History: Activity Books, 9. Price: Free! Words: 5,980. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Games & Activities / Puzzles
Discover ancient Egypt, the Roman Republic, and the lives of three of the most celebrated giants in ancient history in this fun and engaging puzzle book based on "Cleopatra VII: Egypt's Last Pharaoh" by Laurel A. Rockefeller. Enjoy matching, word search, crossword, word scramble, and logic puzzles while you explore the past. From epic battles to Egyptian gods, there's something for everyone.
Hypatia of Alexandria Activity Book
Series: The Legendary Women of World History: Activity Books, 8. Price: Free! Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters
Explore the late Roman Empire, Alexandrian Egypt, and classical Greek philosophy and astronomy in this puzzle book featuring matching, word search, double puzzles, and crossword puzzles. Based on "Hypatia of Alexandria" by Laurel A. Rockefeller. Includes an excerpt from the book and a study guide for students.
His Red Eminence Activity Book
Price: Free! Words: 8,570. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters
Explore French history and the glorious reign of Louis XIII in this puzzle book based on "His Red Eminence, Armand-Jean du Plessis de Richelieu" by biographical historian Laurel A. Rockefeller. Solve crossword puzzles, word searches, matching, and double puzzle word scrambles with secret messages while you learn about one of the most influential men in modern history.
Empress Matilda of England Activity Book
Series: The Legendary Women of World History: Activity Books, 7. Price: Free! Words: 5,560. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Games & puzzles
Explore the Norman Conquest, the high middle ages, and the Angevin dynasty in this puzzle book featuring matching, word search, double puzzles, and crossword puzzles. Based on "Empress Matilda of England" by Laurel A. Rockefeller. Includes an excerpt from the book.
Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd Activity Book
Series: The Legendary Women of World History: Activity Books, 6. Price: Free! Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Games & Activities / Puzzles
Explore medieval Wales and your Welsh heritage while you solve story, word matching, word search, word scramble, and crossword puzzles. Based on "Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, the Warrior Princess of Deheubarth" by Laurel A. Rockefeller. Includes answer key and an excerpt from the biography.
Empress Wu Zetian Activity Book
Series: The Legendary Women of World History: Activity Books, 5. Price: Free! Words: 5,070. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters, Nonfiction » History » Asian
Learn all about Empress Wu Zetian and test your knowledge of Tang dynasty China when you download this free puzzle book based on "Empress Wu Zetian" by Laurel A. Rockefeller. Includes answer key.
Queen Elizabeth Tudor Activity Book
Series: The Legendary Women of World History: Activity Books, 4. Price: Free! Words: 3,580. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters, Nonfiction » History » European
Learn all about Queen Elizabeth Tudor and test your knowledge of Tudor England when you download this free puzzle book based on "Queen Elizabeth Tudor: Journey to Gloriana" by Laurel A. Rockefeller.
Mary Queen of the Scots Activity Book
Series: The Legendary Women of World History: Activity Books, 3. Price: Free! Words: 3,300. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » History, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters
Explore Queen Mary's life and times while you solve story, word search, word scramble, and crossword puzzles. Based on "Mary Queen of the Scots: the Forgotten Reign" by Laurel A. Rockefeller.
Songs of the Beinarian Court: A Poetry Collection
Series: The Peers of Beinan. Price: Free! Words: 790. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The songs and poems from the entire Peers of Beinan science fiction series come together in one collection. Includes poems from "The Lost Tales."
His Red Eminence, Armand-Jean du Plessis de Richelieu
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,660. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Priest. Lover. Statesman. Cardinal Armand-Jean du Plessis, duc de Richelieu is one of the most famous -- or infamous politicians of all time. Made a villain in the popular Dumas novel, "The Three Musketeers," the real man was a dedicated public servant loyal to king and country. A man of logic and reason, he transformed how we think about nations and nationality.
Cleopatra VII: Egypt's Last Pharaoh
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 9. Price: $2.99 $0.99 USD. (67% off until Nov. 20, 2022!) Words: 22,760. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Cleopatra was the last of the Greco-Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty. She was also the only descendant of Ptolemy to speak Egyptian. More than Caesar's lover. More than Egypt's most famous queen, she was a woman of courage, compassion, and vision who loved Egypt more than any other Greek before or since ever could. Includes a detailed timeline, bibliography, and a special Easter egg for Doctor Who fans.
Ancient Heroines
Series: The Legendary Women of World History Collections. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 45,430. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Biographical anthologies, Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
The fascinating and inspiring stories of three of the ancient world's most famous heroice women come together in one volume. Begin the journey with "Cleopatra VII: Egypt's Last Pharaoh." Then discover Roman Britain with "Boudicca, Britain's Queen of the Iceni." Finally, defend the light with "Hypatia of Alexandria." Three heroic women. One boxed set you won't be able to put down!
The Arban and the Saman
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,280. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Romance » Historical
1211 CE. As Chinggis Khan rolls out his conquest of his neighbours, a low ranking officer named Mongke Nichan uses the war to find the soul who loves him best. But finding his twin flame and convincing her are two completely different matters in this wartime romance that takes you into the very heart of Asian mysticism.
Hypatia of Alexandria
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,150. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Scientists, Inventors, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Women
(5.00 from 1 review)
As the western world fell into darkness, she dared defend the light. 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.
The Poisoned Ground and the Healer Consort: A Play in Three Acts
Series: Peers of Beinan Dramas, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,380. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2017. Categories: Plays » Women Authors, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Lady Abbess Cara finds herself caught up in a royal conspiracy when she journeys to the southern city of Nan-li to investigate a mysterious outbreak of cancers plaguing the city. As the tyrannical King Gareth uses his power to stop her from finding the truth, Cara finds herself caught between love and her loyalties in this thrilling stage adaptation of the Peers of Beinan novella.
The Poisoned Ground and the Healer Consort
Series: The Peers of Beinan, 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,580. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Lady Abbess Cara finds herself caught up in a royal conspiracy when she journeys to the southern city of Nan-li to investigate a mysterious outbreak of cancers plaguing the city. As the tyrannical King Gareth uses his power to stop her from finding the truth, Cara finds herself caught between love and her loyalties in this dark romantic prequel to "The Ghosts of the Past."
Good-bye A672E92 Quintus: A Play in Two Acts
Series: Peers of Beinan Dramas, 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,530. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2017. Categories: Plays » Women Authors, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Imagination reaches warp speed in this social science fiction drama perfect for backyard theater, schools, and community theater. Based on the Peers of Beinan novella. Run time: 30-60 minutes.
Mary Queen of the Scots: A Play in Three Acts
Series: The Legendary Women of World History Dramas, 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,620. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2017. Categories: Plays » Medieval, Nonfiction » History » Biography
The tragic story of Queen Mary Stuart comes to the stage in this compelling period drama focusing on her life, loves, and reign. Perfect for community theatre and educational settings. Includes timeline and bibliography. Run time: 60-80 minutes.
Medieval Queens
Series: The Legendary Women of World History Collections. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 42,770. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Royalty, Nonfiction » Biography » Biographical anthologies
The middle ages come to life in this beautiful boxed set consisting of "Empress Wu Zetian," "Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, the Warrior Princess of Deheubarth," and "Empress Matilda of England."
Medieval Queens, The Dramas
Series: The Legendary Women of World History Collections. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,910. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2017. Categories: Plays » Medieval, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Drama
The middle ages come to life in this beautiful volume consisting of the stage versions of "Empress Wu Zetian," "Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, the Warrior Princess of Deheubarth," and "Empress Matilda of England." Three medieval queens. One powerful period drama collection to entertain, enlighten, and inspire audiences of all ages. Perfect for educational and community theatre productions.
Empress Wu Zetian, A Play in Three Acts
Series: The Legendary Women of World History Dramas, 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,170. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2017. Categories: Plays » Asian / Japanese, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Empress Wu's fascinating true story comes alive in this stage version based on the narrative biography "Empress Wu Zetian." Perfect for home schools, theater programs, and community theatres.
Empress Matilda of England: A Play In Five Acts
Series: The Legendary Women of World History Dramas, 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,710. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2017. Categories: Plays » Medieval, Plays » Women Authors
Adapted from the narrative biography of the same name, this five act drama takes audiences across medieval Christendom to explore the fascinating life of the Angevin dynasty's forgotten princess royal.
Empress Matilda of England
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,710. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Women
(5.00 from 1 review)
The roaring lioness of England! Born in 1102, Matilda's unique 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.
Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd: A Play in Three Acts
Series: The Legendary Women of World History Dramas, 6. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Jan. 1, 2021!) Words: 13,620. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2016. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Medieval
The inspiring true story of Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, princess royal of the northern Welsh kingdom of Gwynedd and princess regnant of the southern Welsh kingdom of Deheubarth comes to life in this beautiful stage drama based on "Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, the Warrior Princess of Deheubarth." Includes new historical material not included in the regular biography.
Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd: Tywysoges a Rhyfelwraig Deheubarth/The Warrior Princess of Deheubarth
Series: Cyfres Merched Chwedlonol yn Hanes y Byd, 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,790. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Celtic Languages, Nonfiction » History » European
Princess Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd’s fascinating and tragic true story comes to life in this special bi-lingual Welsh-English edition! Born in 1097 in Aberffraw Castle, Princess Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd ap Cynan’s courage against the Norman Conquest of Wales has inspired generations of Welsh for nearly one thousand years. Perfect for both Welsh and English learners.
Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, Tywysoges a Rhyfelwraig Deheubarth
Series: Cyfres Merched Chwedlonol yn Hanes y Byd, 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,030. Language: Welsh. Published: July 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Biographical / European, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Medieval
Ganwyd Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd ap Cynan yng Nghastell Aberffraw ym 1097, wedi’i thynghedu o’r cychwyn i gyflawni pethau mawr. Newidiodd bywyd Gwenllian am byth yn un ar bymtheg oed, gan iddi ddisgyn mewn cariad â’r Tywysog Gruffydd ap Rhys, etifedd gwarchaeedig Rhys ap Tewdwr o Ddeheubarth. Law yn llaw gilydd, ymladdodd ddau o blaid de Cymru a theyrnasu drosti, yn herio Concwest y Normaniaid.
Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, The Warrior Princess of Deheubarth
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,060. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Royalty biography, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
(5.00 from 1 review)
Born in 1097, Princess Gwenllian's life changed forever when she fell in love with Prince Gruffydd ap Rhys, the beleaguered heir to Rhys ap Tewdur of Deheubarth. Together husband and wife fought for and ruled southern Wales, challenging the Norman Conquest of Wales and proving once and for all the nobility and courage of the Welsh people, a courage that endures across the centuries.
Empress Wu Zetian
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,080. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Asian, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Travel back in time over one thousand years and meet the first and only female emperor of China. Born Wu Zhao and given the reign title "Zetian" just weeks before her death in 705 CE, she was the unwanted daughter of Chancellor Wu Shihuo -- too bright, too educated, and too politically focused to make a good wife according to contemporary interpretations of the Analects of Confucius.
Buddug, Brenhines Iceni Prydain
Series: Cyfres Merched Chwedlonol yn Hanes y Byd, 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,080. Language: Welsh. Published: April 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage, Nonfiction » History » European
Pam fod cigfran y Modron yn crochlefain? Dim ond Prydeinwyr gyda rhyddid yn eu calon sy’n gwybod! Yn 43 OC mae Rhufain bron yn sicr o’u concwest dros Brydain – nes i Prasutagus, Brenin yr Iceni, ddigwydd cyfarfod caethforwyn o dras frenhinol llwyth yr Aedui yng Ngâl wedi iddi ddianc oddi wrth ei meistres Rufeinig. Newidiodd y cyfarfod hwn dynged Ynys Prydain am byth.
Buddug, Brenhines Iceni Prydain/Boudicca, Britain’s Queen of the Iceni
Series: Cyfres Merched Chwedlonol yn Hanes y Byd, 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,580. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage, Nonfiction » History » European
Stori wir syfrdanol am arwres Prydain yn yr hen oes – ar gael i’w darllen yn Gymraeg a Saesneg mewn un gyfrol ddwyieithog! The fascinating true story of ancient Britain's greatest heroine -- now told in both Welsh and English in one bilingual volume! Perfect for students of both Welsh and English, improve your language proficiency while you learn about ancient Britain.
Boudicca Activity Book
Series: The Legendary Women of World History: Activity Books, 1. Price: Free! Words: 2,800. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books, Nonfiction » History » European
A fun and interactive collection of puzzles based on "Boudicca, Britain's Queen of the Iceni," book one of the Legendary Women of World History. Practice reading while you learn more about history. Features a challenging fill in the blank puzzle, word search puzzles, double puzzles, and a crossword puzzle certain to challenge adults and children alike.
Caterina di Valois Quaderno di Esercizi
Series: The Legendary Women of World History: Activity Books. Price: Free! Words: 1,460. Language: Italian. Published: March 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters
Un divertente e interattivo collezione di puzzle a base di "Caterina de Valois," il libro due delle donne leggendarie della storia mondiale. lettura pratica, mentre si impara di più su 15 ° secolo in Inghilterra, Francia e Galles. Perfetto per le aule, homeschools, e giorni di pioggia. Comprende un estratto dal primo capitolo di "Caterina de Valois." In italiano.
Catherine de Valois Activity Book
Series: The Legendary Women of World History: Activity Books, 2. Price: Free! Words: 1,730. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Medieval
A fun and interactive collection of puzzles based on "Catherine de Valois," book two of the Legendary Women of World History. Practice reading while you learn more about 15th century England, France, and Wales. Perfect for classrooms, homeschools, and rainy days. 2019 update includes new word search puzzles.
Queen Elizabeth Tudor: Journey to Gloriana
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,800. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Royalty, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Renaissance
(5.00 from 1 review)
In this beautiful narrative biography you explore Elizabeth’s path from “Lady Elizabeth” to “Gloriana” through the lens of her relationship with Robert Dudley, a relationship far more contentious than most people believe. Politics and religion collide, provoking Elizabeth to console herself with her music, and a hard decision lays before her as plots against her life threatens her throne.
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  • Eadweard - A Story Of 1066 on June 02, 2017

    Eadweard is a fictional story of two teen-aged boys who somehow miss the Battle of Stamford Bridge but are there for William Duke of Normandy's clash with King Harold Godwinson at Battle, England near Hastings on 16 October 1066. Historical details are very hit and miss in this story and it is evident to me that the author is not well versed in medieval history. Eadweard is a story best suited for children between the ages of 4 and 8 years old. The language is extremely simple, perhaps far too simple for most adults, and lacks the smooth fluidity that makes it compelling to adults. Dialogue is rather sparse in the story; it is almost entirely expository. This story is best for those without much background in medieval history. If however medieval England is one of your passions -- as it is mine -- this is absolutely not for you. This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. I'm giving it 3.5 to 4.0 stars because I think many people might like it even though it was a poor fit for me.