Diversion Audio launches “War Queens”, a new podcast on history’s fiercest female battle leaders, presented by “Game of Thrones” star Nathalie Emmanuel.
“Game of Thrones” and “Fast & Furious” actor Nathalie Emmanuel presents “War Queens”. Every week, father-daughter duo 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.
Nathalie Emmanuel is an English actress and model of Caribbean descent. Emmanuel began her acting career appearing in theater and then gained international recognition for her role as Missandei in the HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones.” She continued her career with roles in the “Maze Runner” film series, the “Fast & Furious” films, and her current leading role in “The Invitation.”
Emily Anne Jordan is a native of Houston, Texas and is currently attending the University of Kentucky, where she speaks out on public health issues, interns in research on the opioid crisis, and studies nursing. “Giving the great women of history a voice has strengthened my own, and I want to share that with men and women of all ages,” she says.
Jonathan W. Jordan is a military historian and an award-winning author of three books, including the New York Times bestseller Brothers, Rivals, Victors. He is a regular book critic for The Wall Street Journal and the author of articles appearing in MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, World War II Magazine, Military History, and World War II History magazines. In addition to appearing in military documentaries, Jonathan W. has made numerous live, televised, podcast, and radio appearances.
The first episode of “War Queens” premiered on November 7th, with new episodes releasing weekly on Tuesdays.
Episode 1: “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.