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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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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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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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Emma of Normandy, Queen of England

While on tour in England in 2008, our British tour guide mentioned “We don’t do much medieval here”. My husband and I were standing in Salisbury Cathedral later in the day and I was thinking to myself, why not? That … Continue reading

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