An author from Elstree has written a book celebrating the stories of intriguing women lost to history.

The world is full of women we don’t know whose stories have been overlooked or airbrushed from history. Often faced with limited life choices, Warriors and Wenches by Michelle Rosenberg proudly showcases those women who took matters into their own hands and became forces to be reckoned with.

These are women you should know about. Love them or loathe them, they made their mark. From cross dressing soldiers to scheming mistresses and courtesans, Warriors and Wenches offers up an indulgent romp through centuries of history, from widows turned tank drivers bent on bloody vengeance, to women who magnificently turned their social lot in life to their advantage.

These are just some of the women who have crossed over into the realm of legend and myth and become powerful symbols of feminist power.

Michelle Rosenberg is a writer and passionate women’s historian.

Warriors and Wenches by Michelle Rosenberg is published by Pen & Sword Books Ltd and is available now.