Through a re-write we could learn that there have been a lot of women ever since the Middle Ages who have been governing in many places in the world.
We have to remember that in those days, most of the
time, the men were out fighting wars and the women were the ones taking care of - be it - the castle, the farm, the trading company or whatever. Many queens shared the power with their kings and had an important role to play.
One reason why women have been forgotten - the historians argue - could be that the society was typical male during the 19th and 20th centuries during the industrialisation and urbanisation. Our idea of the past are fixed at that time because this was also an epoch where new sciences like history and archeology was introduced. At this time history was split into different ages; stone, bronze and iron; that is, focusing on tools that were mainly used by male craftsmen. This was the time when history was connected to kings, war and other male activities and this was the time when the women in history were forgotten.
It is indeed very interesting. In the literary world I think we see a lot of more biographies, history or historical fiction books about strong women all through history. This is very rewarding. Here are some examples:
The Duchess of Milan by Michael Ennis, Roses have Thorns by Sandra Byrd, Paris på de älskandes tid (about George Sand) by Knut Ståhlberg, The Bürgemeister's Daughter: Scandal in a Sexteenth-Century German Town by Steven Ozment, Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross, Marilyn by Normal Mailer and Blondie by Joyce Carol Oates.
You might have some other to suggest?