Great Woman

‘Behind every great man there is a great woman’; 1940’s or 1960’s idiom it doesn’t matter, what matters is that there isn’t a similar saying linked to great women. Of course our idea of great women may differ; some may think Madonna is a great woman due to her contribution to popular music while others may ask, “Who is Madonna?” There are many great woman throughout history;  how we view them often differs from how we view historical male figures.

For example mention Che Guevara, and it is likely that most people will know of him and his association with the Cuban revolution;  but mention someone like Edith Cavell, the red cross nurse who saved the lives of soldiers from both side of the first world war  as well as smuggling over two hundred out of Belgium . She was punished severely when at the age of 49 she was  sentenced to death and shot by firing squad for the act of treason. Mary Seacole, a true heroine of the Crimean war was all but forgotten until quite recently; to say that  they don’t appear as much in history books, is an understatement yet their contribution to world events; in this case medicine is vital.

In order for men to reach their goals they must have a “great”  woman in the background doing the house work, looking after the children and cooking to free their men to achieve greatness. Yet this is not the same for women, they still do most of the house work and caring for  children all the while carving out their career simultaneously and achieving greatness on their own terms.


In the  first of  book Battle for the Four Realms trilogy’ Dragon Bone, we find our heroine; Aliedori’ searching to find her place and make a mark for herself. She has a raft of great men behind her, her father, her brother, and even the court physician but ultimately she is on her own.  She must find her worth to save the realm but before she can do that she has to believe in herself and know that she is a great woman, or will become a great woman.

There are many great women in fantasy fiction who are regarded as such without a thought for their gender, women such as Galadriel from Lord of the Rings and many more are coming to the fore as more and more women join the fantasy genre. Whether Aliedori will stand the test of time and earn the right to stand beside the greats in fantasy fiction is up to the reader. She has many more adventures in store for her in the next two books in the trilogy Battle For The Four Realms which I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

I would like to think that showing a strong female protagonist will help to heighten the awareness in the general population that we do not need to stand behind a man to achieve greatness, we can be great on our own.


About fourrealm

I was brought up on stories, tales of adventures of far off places, of princesses in peril and their princes rescuing them, they filled my head and sparked my imagination from an early age. I have very fond memories of “Lloyd Brown or “Lloydy” as he was known to us children, telling the most wonderful stories. The only time he didn’t stutter was when he was telling stories, I would travel with him to those far off places from the Grimm fairy tales and just around the corner of the “Anansi” stories of Jamaican fables, these were amongst my favourites. By the time I had to swap the Jamaican sun shine for the winter “watery” sun of England at the age of almost eleven years old. My head was already crammed full of stories to accompany me on my very own adventure to far off England. I may have spent my formative years in the Jamaican country side the wild green woods and perfectly clear rivers but I grew up in London. Long winter days and darkened evenings would find me with my head in a book, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Arabian Nights and closer to home Enid Blyton’s Famous Five were later replaced but not forgotten by Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast, Sterling E Lanier’s Hiero’s Journey. I was a shy introverted child but while at school I was regarded as one of the “cool” kids I was a real Jamaican with the accent to prove it. Libraries became my playground, they helped to fuel my imagination where adventure after adventure played out again and again in my head. I could be anywhere, any place, anytime from my little corner of the local library, I lived in my head my stories gave me a sense of belonging, they sustained me and now somehow one of my adventures found its way onto the page and is about the be shared with others..
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