Claudia Gold holds a masters degree in medieval history. A former TV documentary researcher, she is currently working on The Maypole, a biography of Melusina von Schulenberg, mistress of King George I, to be published by Quercus in 2009.
In this vivid, sweeping history, Claudia Gold brings to life fifty extraordinary women united not just by sex, but by talent, intellect and driving ambition. Well known matriarchs such as Cleopatra, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Elizabeth I jostle for position with comparatively unsung heroines such as Theodora, Empress of Byzantium, Margaret I of Denmark, and Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii. A staggering achievement * Tracy Borman *