Exotic Animals in the Tower of London

Written by Expert Contributor, Cassidy Cash The Tower of London was first established by William the Conqueror in 1066 as a show of power, an act of defense, and a gateway into the city of London.  Close to 200 years later in the year 1200, the Tower of London became the place to store exotic…More

Mary of Burgundy

Written by Assistant Editor, Heather R. Darsie Marie de Valois, Hereditary Duchess of Burgundy, was born on 13 February 1457. She was born at Coudenburg Palace in Brussels, which existed since at least the 12th century. Known commonly as Mary of Burgundy, her parents were Charles Martin, known as the Bold, and Isabelle of Bourbon. Isabelle was…More

Aethelred the Unready

Guest post by Expert Contributor Susan Abernethy, originally published on The Freelance History Writer website. A thirteenth century chronicler recorded Aethelred as being named “Un-raed” which has come to mean Unready in modern terms. The name Aethelred is a compound of two words: Aethel meaning “prince” and raed meaning “noble counsel”. Un-raed means “no counsel”…More

Empress Hermine – A prisoner of the Russians

Day 7 of the book tour Hermine Reuss of Greiz was one of the five daughters of Heinrich XXII, Prince Reuss of Greiz and his wife Princess Ida of Schaumburg-Lippe. Her childhood was overshadowed by the death of her mother in childbirth and the incurable disability of her only brother. A 13-year marriage to Prince…More

How I Do History: Isabelle Richards

So… what am I doing with that history degree? Mine’s actually a degree in Archaeology, followed by an MA in Cultural Heritage Management. But I studied and loved history at school, all the way up to my A Levels (age 16-18 in England). If I hadn’t, I’d never have picked my degree subjects! Archaeology sounded…More

How I Do History: Rachel Stoll

History Everywhere – Entwinement in Seemingly Unrelated Careers By Rachel Stoll, Digital Marketing and Strategy When the icebreaker topic of “where did you go to graduate school”  or “what did you study in college” rolls around some are surprised by my degrees in History and Political Science. This definitely has to do with the fact…More

Ealhswith, Wife of King Alfred the Great

written by Expert Contributor Susan Abernethy Ealhswith was a Mercian princess who married Alfred, Anglo-Saxon king of Wessex. She was never called queen and she never witnessed any charters during Alfred’s administration. But she was the mother of illustrious children and she is remembered as “the true and beloved lady of the English”. We know…More

How I Do History: Ally Forand

Written by Ally Forand In 2019, I started my current position as Archivist at the Government House Historical Society (GHHS) in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The GHHS is located within the government House of Saskatchewan, it is a charitable not-for-profit organization founded in 1981. The mission of the GHHS is to preserve, promote and enhance Government…More

Salic Law and the Exclusion of Women from the Crown of France

Written by Expert Contributor Susan Abernethy for The Freelance History Writer I’ve been looking for an explanation for the use of Salic Law in France to exclude women from inheriting the throne. In reading Kathleen Wellman’s book “Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France” in her chapter on Charles VII’s mistress Agnes Sorel, she talks about…More