Kickass Women in History: Tomoe Gozen
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Articles / May 11, 2019

Welcome to Kickass Women in History! This month I’m sifting through a lot of internet info trying to sort out myth from fact with regard to Tomoe Gozen, Samurai. This woman fought in the Genpei War and won fame for her feats at the Battle of Awazu in 1184 in Japan. Tomoe was born sometime around 1157 and married Minamoto no Yoshinaka. He was a general and a samurai, and he appointed Tomoe Gozen as a commander during the Genpei War. The Genpei War was a civil war between the Taira family and the Minamoto family. The defeat of the Taira clan and victory of Minamoto no Yoritomo led to the establishment of the first shogunate. Tomoe Gozen, by Kikuchi Yosai Tomoe Gozen was a “Onna-bugeisha,” a female samurai (the quote below clarifies that as a woman who rode out into battle as opposed to specializing in defence, she was more properly called a “onna-musha”). Trained in martial arts and weapons (especially ranged weapons and a bladed pole weapon called a ko-naginata) to defend the home and family, many of these women fought in battle during the Genpei War. Recent archeological evidence suggests that women fought on the battlefield in…

Whatcha Reading? May 2019 Edition, Part One
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Articles / May 11, 2019

Are you reading for Whatcha Reading? How are we nearly halfway through the month of May already? If any of you are going to be in New Orleans for BookLover’s Con, we hope you’ll say hi. We will also be recoding a live podcast, which is always a blast. Sarah: Oh my gosh. Despite having a bad cold and needing sleep, I barely avoided a Bad Decisions Book Club moment with New Ink on Life ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). The deep POV of the two main characters is really difficult to put down, especially when they are so very different. Amanda: I too almost pulled a BDBC with Yours Until Dawn by Teresa Medeiros ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). It was mentioned in the comments on the site and it’s a slow burn very Beauty and the Beast romance. There is dancing in a ballroom! Etiquette lessons! Well-meaning but meddling staff! A | BN | K | AB Sarah: I really liked that book. That’s an older title, too! Amanda: I know! I found it at Half Price Books while in Austin for like $3. Elyse: I’m finishing…