The Most Notorious French Royal Ménage à Trois

Written by Expert Contributor, Dr Estelle Paranque It was on a chill autumn day that Catherine de Medici entered the port of Marseilles, dressed brilliantly in gold and rare sparkling gems, her coach draped in luxurious black velvet. Catherine ­– the niece of Pope Clement VII – was a sight to behold, and having been…More

Finding Women in Anglo-Saxon England

Written by Expert Contributor Annie Whitehead With the study of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the writings of Bede, the Welsh and Irish annals, and the later Anglo-Norman chroniclers (many of whom had direct access to earlier documents), it is relatively easy to piece together the history of the kings of Anglo-Saxon England.  But what of the…More

Women Behind Their Men: Anne Lovell

Written by Expert Contributor Michele Schindler The discovery of Richard III`s remains in a car park in Leicester, seven years ago, has caused a surge of interest not only in the life of this controversial monarch, but also in his contemporaries. A particularly positive trend during these last years has been the interest showed in…More

Jacquetta of Luxembourg: Mother of the Commoner Queen

Jacquetta of Luxembourg was the great-grandmother of King Henry VIII. She was the daughter of one of the oldest families in Luxembourg and northern France and could claim descent from Charlemagne. She would defy convention by marrying for love and beneath her station in life. While her daughter Elizabeth Woodville would become Queen of England,…More

The Devil’s Brood

Written by Matthew Lewis The Plantagenet dynasty remains England and Britain’s longest reigning royal house, providing kings of England from Henry II’s accession in 1154 until Richard III’s death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Its beginnings were less than auspicious, though, and the dynasty that began with the Henry II, first Angevin King…More

England’s Only Half-Spanish King: Edward II

by Expert Contributor, Kathryn Warner Edward II ruled as king of England from July 1307 to January 1327, and is remembered as one of the country’s most unsuccessful – if not the most unsuccessful – kings in history. He was the first to be forced to abdicate his throne, and the nineteen and a half years of…More