Category Archives: Medieval History

Empress Maud, Lady of the English

“Here lies the daughter, wife, and mother of Henry” We would like to tell the story of Empress Maud who was never crowned Queen of England but caused civil war trying to attain her inheritance. Maud was also named Matilda … Continue reading

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Aelfthryth, Queen of England

In researching medieval queens, I came across the story of a queen having all the elements of a fairy tale. Her name is Aelfthryth, the wife of King Edgar the Peaceable who was the great-grandson of Alfred the Great. Her … Continue reading

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Matilda of Scotland, Queen of England

We would like to turn our attention to the daughter of Saint Margaret and King Malcolm of Scotland. Edith was born in 1080 at Dunfermline. Yes, her parents named her Edith, possibly in honor of Edith of Wessex, Queen of … Continue reading

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Edith of Wessex, Queen of England

Epigrammatica Historica, number 4 The nobility of your forbears magnified you, O Edith, And you, a king’s bride, magnify your forbears. Much beauty and much wisdom were yours And also probity together with sobriety. You teach the stars, measuring, arithmetic, … Continue reading

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Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland

Quaint legends to our hearts endear Our sainted Scottish Queen: Alone, unseen, oft strayed she here In thoughtful mood, serene; Thus oft from yonder ancient towers She sought from pomp to dwell, And pondered o’er life’s fleeting hours Beside her … Continue reading

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