Boy Meets Girl: Katharine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor

by Heather R. Darsie On 4 November 1501, a fifteen-year-old girl made her entrance into England to marry the fifteen-year-old prince of that kingdom. Their parents, especially the boy’s, hoped that the dynastic marriage would secure the future of their family on the throne. Much excitement surrounded the safe arrival of Katharine of Aragon from…More

Philippa of Hainault

by Heather R. Darsie Please note this article originally appeared on MaidensAndManuscripts.com. Philippa Avesnes von Hennegau und Holland, or Philippa of Hainault as she is known to English speakers, was Queen Consort of England from 24 January 1328 to 15 August 1369. It is speculated that she was born on 24 June sometime between 1310 and…More

Sybil Ludington: The Female Paul Revere

Guest Article by Allison Ferguson Thank you to Allison Ferguson for giving us our first article on USA history! If one recalls memories of grade school the famous, yet wholly inaccurate, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, Paul Revere’s Ride comes to mind. Revere no doubt was a brave patriot, but what about the stories of lesser…More

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II

by Heather R. Darsie Please note this article originally appeared on MaidensAndManuscripts.com. Eleanor Ramnulfid of Aquitaine, born circa 1122, was a pretty, wealthy teenager when she married her first husband. No confirmed likenesses of Eleanor exist, and it is not known what she looked like other than that Eleanor was a beauty with gorgeous eyes. Eleanor’s father died…More

The Illegitimate Son: Arthur Plantagenet

by Heather R. Darsie Please note this article first appeared on MaidensAndManuscripts.com. Arthur Plantagenet was born in the late 1460’s in English-held Calais. He was the illegitimate son of King Edward IV o England. His mother’s identity is unknown. Up until Edward IV’s death in 1483, Arthur was raised at court. It is not known how…More