Jean Wilson Murray

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Zenobia of Palmyra – Great Warrior Queen Who Stood Up to a Roman Emperor

Zenobia was a queen of the Palmyrene Empire (modern Syria).  She was called “The Pearl Necklace” in the history of the Syrian kingdom. “Her face was dark and of a swarthy hue, her eyes were black and powerful beyond the usual…, her spirit divinely great, and her beauty incredible. So white were her teeth that […]
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