The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora by Stephanie Thornton

Where Theodora went, trouble followed… In sixth-century Constantinople, one woman, Theodora, defied every convention and all the odds and rose from common theater tart to empress of a great kingdom, the most powerful woman the Roman Empire would ever know. The woman whose image was later immortalized in glittering mosaic was a scrappy, clever, conniving, … More The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora by Stephanie Thornton

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel

A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the Emperor’s attention. Many paint their faces white and style their hair attractively, hoping to lure in the One Above All with their beauty. Some present him with fantastic gifts, such as jade pendants and scrolls of calligraphy, while others rely … More The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel

The Conqueror’s Wife by Stephanie Thornton

330s, B.C.E., Greece: Alexander, a handsome young warrior of Macedon, begins his quest to conquer the ancient world. But he cannot ascend to power, and keep it, without the women who help to shape his destiny. His spirited younger half-sister, Thessalonike, yearns to join her brother and see the world. Instead, it is Alexander’s boyhood … More The Conqueror’s Wife by Stephanie Thornton

The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court by Michelle Moran

After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon’s power is absolute. When Marie-Louise, the eighteen year old daughter of the King of Austria, is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father presents her with a terrible choice: marry the cruel, capricious Napoleon, leaving the man she loves and her home forever, … More The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court by Michelle Moran

The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan by Stephanie Thornton

In the late twelfth century, across the sweeping Mongolian grasslands, brilliant, charismatic Temujin ascends to power, declaring himself the Great, or Genghis, Khan. But it is the women who stand beside him who ensure his triumph…. After her mother foretells an ominous future for her, gifted Borte becomes an outsider within her clan. When she … More The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan by Stephanie Thornton