Brave with Beauty

A Story from Afghanistan


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

This story is a celebration of a remarkable woman—talented, generous, benevolent, and brave—whose achievements inspire young readers to use their strengths to make the world a more beautiful place.