Book cover of Queens of Jerusalem: The Women Who Dared to Rule  by Katherine Pangonisby Katherine Pangonis

The untold story of a trailblazing dynasty of royal women who ruled the Middle East  and how they persevered through instability and seize greater power.

In 1187 Saladin’s armies besieged the holy city of Jerusalem. He had previously annihilated Jerusalem’s army at the battle of Hattin, and behind the city’s high walls a last-ditch defence was being led by an unlikely trio – including Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem. They could not resist Saladin, but, if they were lucky, they could negotiate terms that would save the lives of the city’s inhabitants.

Interview with the Author

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Katherine Pangonis, “Queens of Jerusalem: The Women Who Dared to Rule” (Hachette, 2021)
7/1/21         53 min

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The Forgotten Women of the Crusades 
4/12/22          25 min

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3/12/22          14 min

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Episode 245: Queens of Jerusalem 
1/31/22           62 min

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