Reading & Signing: The Blood Throne of Caria
To celebrate Women's History Month, BookWoman is hosting a book signing for The Blood Throne of Caria. Though Artemisia I of Caria is much maligned by historians like Herodotus, Roy Casagranda attempts to strip her of twenty-five centuries of calcified misogyny to create a more accurate and authentic portrayal of the first woman to rule Greeks without a king, the first woman satrap of the Persian Empire, and the first woman to serve as an admiral of an imperial fleet in human history.
"The Blood Throne of Caria will shock over and over again in its audacity. Casagranda’s Artemisia, masterfully crafted, is a woman warrior 21st century feminists can look up to." — Banafsheh Madaninejad, PhD, Department of Philosophy, Southwestern University
"The Blood Throne doesn’t ‘aspire’ to be a Great Man story. Doesn’t try to match or conform to the standard model. There is no implied ‘just as good as the boys’ or ‘good, for a girl’ here. Artemisia’s story stands as it is, aspires to only its own glory. By not trying to force her growing up into a traditionally male narrative of the ascent to greatness, The Blood Throne honors both power and womanhood. It does not shy away from any part of the female experience, nor fetishize them. The book is refreshing in its nuance." — Olivia Ott, undergrad, Polymathic Scholars, University of Texas at Austin