It's True! Women Were Warriors (It's True!) by CAROL JONES

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With their help Shajarat arranged Turan Shah’s murder. Then she claimed the throne for herself, calling herself the Sultana of Egypt. Unfortunately, her rule lasted just three months. Egypt’s overlord, the Caliph of Baghdad, decreed that a woman could not rule, and the army reluctantly agreed. The Caliph appointed a Turkish general named Aybak in her place. This was the beginning of the Mamluk dynasty in Egypt, which became the centre of a great Muslim empire. But Shajarat al‑Durr wasn’t about to let a little thing like a Caliph stop her.

But Cleopatra gained greater control. She began leaving her brother’s name off official documents and only her portrait appeared on coins. Soon her brother’s powerful supporters exiled her but Cleopatra vowed to return. 28 Cleopatra looked to the might of Rome for help. When Julius Caesar, the Roman general and politician, was visiting Egypt, Cleo smuggled herself into Caesar’s tent, rolled up in a rug and surprised him. ) Caesar agreed to help her. Cleo’s poor brother Ptolemy was drowned during a battle with Caesar’s army, dragged underwater by the weight of his armour.

These Turkish warrior slaves were known as the Mamluk. With their help Shajarat arranged Turan Shah’s murder. Then she claimed the throne for herself, calling herself the Sultana of Egypt. Unfortunately, her rule lasted just three months. Egypt’s overlord, the Caliph of Baghdad, decreed that a woman could not rule, and the army reluctantly agreed. The Caliph appointed a Turkish general named Aybak in her place. This was the beginning of the Mamluk dynasty in Egypt, which became the centre of a great Muslim empire.

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