Monthly Archives: September 2012

Madeleine of Valois, Queen of Scotland

King Edward I of England had claimed feudal lordship over Scotland beginning in 1290 AD and there had been battles ever since. John Balliol, King of Scots and Philip IV of France negotiated the “Auld Alliance” and it played a … Continue reading

Posted in England, France, Medieval History, Queens and Rulers, Scotland | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt – First Lady

Every thing about Theodore Roosevelt was larger than life. He had an enormous amount of energy and approached everything with exuberance and enthusiasm, whether it was physical exercise, hunting, reading, charging up San Juan Hill, or continuing a speech while … Continue reading

Posted in First Ladies, United States | Tagged , , , , | 13 Comments

Philippa of Guelders, Duchess of Lorraine

Philippa of Guelders was born on November 9, 1467. Her father was Adolf of Egmond, Duke of Guelders and Count of Zutphen and her mother was Catharine of Bourbon. Philippa had a twin brother Charles and they were born at … Continue reading

Posted in France, Medieval History, Queens and Rulers, Scotland | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Gertrude Belle Elion – Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine

“Acyclovir turned out to be different from any other compound Elion had ever seen. It is so similar to a compound needed by the herpes virus for reproduction that the virus is fooled. The virus enters normal cells and starts … Continue reading

Posted in Female "Firsts", Nobel Prize, Scientists, United States | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Luisa Maria Francisca of Guzman, Queen of Portugal

In another great incident of serendipity, while working on a post on an amazing woman in history, I found another amazing woman. In researching Catherine of Braganza, Queen of King Charles II, her mother was mentioned and it turns out … Continue reading

Posted in Portugal, Queens and Rulers | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments