Brave with Beauty: A Story of Afghanistan

Coming in 2019…

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by Maxine Rose Schur

Illustrated by Patricia Grush, Robin Dewitt, and Golsa Yaghoobi

This is the extraordinary story of Queen Goharshad, a 15th century monarch, who many historians now believe was the most powerful woman in world history.  Ruling from the Timurid artistic and cultural center of Herat in western Afghanistan, Queen Goharshad ushered in a remarkable, rare period when poetry, music, calligraphy, painting and the sciences flourished as never before. A poet and an architect, she designed a complex of buildings that were considered to be some of the most beautiful structures ever built on earth.