Category Archives: Queens and Rulers

Mary Boleyn

Most people know the story of Anne Boleyn, the second of King Henry VIII’s six wives. Few people know that Anne had an older sister Mary who was the mistress of two kings. There’s a reason she’s not well known. … Continue reading

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Matilda of Boulogne, Queen of England

In another post we told the story of the Empress Maud, daughter of King Henry I of England who married the German Emperor and fought for her inheritance of the English throne against her cousin King Stephen. King Stephen’s wife … Continue reading

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Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun

Imagine you are the official portraitist of Marie Antoinette. Then, the French Revolution is getting more intense every day. What would you do? Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun was that painter and she had to make a big decision on whether … Continue reading

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Aethelflaed, Lady of Mercia

O potent Elfleda! Maid, men’s terror! You did conquer nature’s self; worthy The name of man! More beauteous nature’s form of A woman; but your valour shall secure Man’s higher name. For name you only need Not sex to change; … Continue reading

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Mary, Queen of Scots

Many know the story of Mary, Queen of Scots. While telling the story of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland I was struck by the similarities between her and her granddaughter, Mary. They both had three husbands and had a child … Continue reading

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