Good evening lovelies! I have always been fascinated by history and the many queens and empresses from all around the world that been in a position of power. So tonight I thought I would share with you some of the most influential and powerful women in history. These amazing women have left legacies that are still so fascinating to learn about! I hope you all enjoy and learn something new!

Hatshepsut (c.1508 BCE- c.1458 BCE):
Occupation: Queen
Hatshepsut was the longest reigning female pharaoh in Egypt, ruling for 20 years in the 15th Century B.C. She is considered to be one of Egypt's most successful pharaoh.
Hatshepsut was the only child to the Egyptian King Thutmose I by his principal wife and queen, Ahmose. However, after the death of her father at the age of 12, Hatshepsut married her half-brother Thutmose II.
Since her step-son, Thutmose III was too young to assume the throne unaided, Hatshepsut served as his regent, however for reasons unknown she claimed the role of pharaoh. Hatshepsut began having herself depicted in the traditional king's kilt and crown along with a fake beard and male's body.
Unlike other rulers in her dynasty, Hatshepsut was more interested in ensuring economic prosperity and building and restoring monuments throughout Egypt and Nubia than in conquering new lands.
She built the temple Djeser-djeseru ("holiest of holy places") which was dedicated to Amon and served as her funerary cult.

Catherine the Great (1729-1796):
Occupation: Emperor
Catherine II, often called Catherine the Great, became the Russian Empress in 1762. Under her reign, Russia expanded its territories and modernised following the lead of Western Europe.
Educated by tutors, Catherine had religious studies with a military chaplain, but she questioned much of what he taught her. She also learned three languages: German, French and Russian.
On August 21 1745 Catherine II married into the Russian royal family, becoming a grand duchess. She and her husband Peter proved to be anything but a happy couple. Peter was immature and juvenile, preferring to play with his toy soldiers and mistresses than to be with his wife. Catherine II developed her own past times which included reading extensively.
After years of not having children, Catherine II finally produced a heir. Her son, Paul was born on September 20 1754. The paternity of the child has been a subject of great debate with many scholars, who believe that Paul's father was actually Sergei Saltykov, a Russian noble and member of the court.
After Empress Elizabeth's death in December 25 1761 Catherine's husband assumed the throne, while she received the title of Empress Court. After six months, Peter was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by Catherine. Catherine II had conspired with her lover, Gregory Orlov, a Russian lieutenant, along with several others to unseat Perter.
Catherine put together a document known as the "Nakaz" on how the country's legal system should run, with a push for capital punishment and torture to be outlawed and calling for every man to be declared equal.

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603):
Occupation: Queen
Elizabeth I was the long-ruling queen of England for 44 years. The Elizabethan era is named after her. Elizabeth I was a princess but was declared illegitimate through political machinations. She eventually claimed the throne at the age of 25, keeping England in the ascendant through wars and political and religious turmoil.
Elizabeth I was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn, she was only 2 years old when her mother was beheaded on the orders of her father. Before long Elizabeth was declared to be illegitimate as her father sought to pave the way for a male heir.
In 1558 Elizabeth took the reins of her country after the death of her older half-sister Mary. Elizabeth inherited a number of problems stirred up by Mary. The country was at war with France and there was also the great tension between different religious factions after Mary worked to restore England to Roman Catholicism.
Elizabeth, however, seemed to have no interest in sharing her power with a spouse. Over time, she cultivated her image as a queen married to her job and her people. For this dedication Elizabeth earned the nickname the 'Virgin Queen'.
Queen Elizabeth I died on March 24 1603, at Richmond Palace in Surrey. With her death came the end of the house of Tudor, a royal family that had ruled England since the late 1400s.

Empress Theodora (c.497- 548):
Occupation: Empress
Born circa 497 A.D., Theodora was empress of the Byzantine Empire, in either Crete or Syria (historians disagree on the location). Theodora was one of the most influential women of her time. Her powerful husband, Justinian I, listened to her advice regarding political decisions. She is credited with influencing reforms, such as expanding divorce rights regarding property ownership to women, as well as other rights for women and children. Theodora reigned from 527 A.D. to 548 A.D. She died in Istanbul, Turkey on June 28 548 A.D.

As you can see by the title this is part 1. Part 2 will be up on We Heart It tomorrow. If there is a queen or empress that you'd like to know about but is not on this list, don't worry she may be on part 2 of the list.
Thanks for reading!
24/09/2017