True-life tales about history’s unsung heroines — Brides, Muses, Queens, and Spies.

The dramatic story of two Revolutionary-era beauties who sacrificed all for love. Now available in paperback.

The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation.

“This wonderfully researched and readable book has done an excellent job of giving another view of what it took to make this country. Essential for academic and public libraries. Enjoy!”

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Welcome to my site. I’m Nancy Rubin Stuart, a writer of nonfiction articles and books. I’m fascinated by people in situations that challenge, perplex, or delight them—people like you and me.

While 2021 holds promise for happier, healthy times,  there’s still a war on women.

Pay inequality still exists and now, because of the  pandemic, even those women who work remotely often find the responsibility for supervising or educating their children falls largely on them.

Why does this keep happening? Tradition has a lot to do with it. While changing ideas and roles for women have become a reality, many of us still fear being considered “unwomanly” in the eyes of men.

Those are questions which inspired me to research history’s most powerful, but often forgotten, women. You can learn about the unsung heroines of the past in the series of books described on this site.

What am I doing lately? Completing a new book about the women of one of our famous founding fathers loved and lost. Watch for it in late 2022! 

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Reader Reviews

On Defiant Brides: ​"For the lover of American history, this was a great book...The work was well annotated, and researched, easy and enjoyable to read and comprehend. Recommend for those who enjoy lite history biographies and women’s studies."
- Good Reads
Nancy Rubin Stuart
2019-01-14T19:43:40-05:00
On Defiant Brides: ​"For the lover of American history, this was a great book...The work was well annotated, and researched, easy and enjoyable to read and comprehend. Recommend for those who enjoy lite history biographies and women’s studies." - Good Reads
On The Muse of the Revolution: “A fascinating & entertaining account about one of America's forgotten outstanding women. I learned far more about the American Revolution and how it affected ordinary people by reading The Muse of the Revolution than I ever learned in my American history class.”
- L.S. - Manhattan
Nancy Rubin Stuart
2019-01-14T19:52:35-05:00
On The Muse of the Revolution: “A fascinating & entertaining account about one of America's forgotten outstanding women. I learned far more about the American Revolution and how it affected ordinary people by reading The Muse of the Revolution than I ever learned in my American history class.” - L.S. - Manhattan
On ​Isabella of Castile: “Nancy Rubin makes use of Prescott and in a sense pours old wine in new bottles. Her Isabella is more accessible than Prescott's pius queen. She also very ably puts Isabella in the proper perspective as the co-founder of modern Spain (at least from a geographic perspective)... but as Ms. Rubin's book ably demonstrates, she was much more than that.”
- M.A. Newman
Nancy Rubin Stuart
2019-01-14T19:45:07-05:00
On ​Isabella of Castile: “Nancy Rubin makes use of Prescott and in a sense pours old wine in new bottles. Her Isabella is more accessible than Prescott's pius queen. She also very ably puts Isabella in the proper perspective as the co-founder of modern Spain (at least from a geographic perspective)... but as Ms. Rubin's book ably demonstrates, she was much more than that.” - M.A. Newman
On American Empress: “A fascinating & entertaining account about one of America's forgotten outstanding women. I learned far more about the American Revolution and how it affected ordinary people by reading The Muse of the Revolution than I ever learned in my American history class.”
- Sonia Ibanez
Nancy Rubin Stuart
2019-01-14T19:53:13-05:00
On American Empress: “A fascinating & entertaining account about one of America's forgotten outstanding women. I learned far more about the American Revolution and how it affected ordinary people by reading The Muse of the Revolution than I ever learned in my American history class.” - Sonia Ibanez
On The Reluctant Spiritualist: “The Reluctant Spiritualist is non-fiction but reads like a fast-paced whodunit. The mystery is whether spiritualism is a fact, or a fraud cooked up by two bored teenage girls in a farmhouse in mid-nineteenth century upstate New York.”
- Stuart Ellison
Nancy Rubin Stuart
2019-01-14T19:50:49-05:00
On The Reluctant Spiritualist: “The Reluctant Spiritualist is non-fiction but reads like a fast-paced whodunit. The mystery is whether spiritualism is a fact, or a fraud cooked up by two bored teenage girls in a farmhouse in mid-nineteenth century upstate New York.” - Stuart Ellison
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