Written by Resident Art Historian, Melanie V Taylor For those not familiar with the genre of the portrait miniature, let us first consider why and when these first became popular in England, and the various artists creating these images for the Tudor court. The half millennium saw a marked change from the religious themes ofContinue reading “The Origins of the Tudor Portrait Miniature”
by Expert Contributor Heather R. Darsie On this day of 28 June in 1515, a little baby girl was born in the Holy Roman Empire whose life would be dramatically shaped by international politics. The baby was christened, “Anna,” after her paternal aunt. “Anna” was a family name on her maternal side, as well. AnnaContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Anna of Cleves and Henry VIII!”
written by Expert Contributor, Sharon Bennett Connolly Nicholaa de la Haye is one of those very rare women in English history. She is renowned for her abilities, rather than her family and connections. In a time when men fought and women stayed home, Nicholaa de la Haye held Lincoln Castle against all-comers. Her strength and tenacity saved EnglandContinue reading “Nicholaa de la Haye: The Woman Who Saved England”
Written by Expert Contributor, Nathen Amin Anyone who has read George R R Martin’s medieval fantasy epic ‘A Storm of Swords’, or indeed watched the TV adaption ‘The Game of Thrones’, will be familiar with the Red Wedding, one of the most shocking events whether on page or screen. Martin crafted a classic scene thatContinue reading “The Black Dinner of 1440”
Written by Expert Contributor Susan Abernethy The listed marriages are in no particular sequence of importance, and are listed in chronological order. I’ve relied on only one particular criteria in choosing these events. Which marriages had significant political consequences? Emma of Normandy, Wife of Aethelred the Unready and the Viking King Cnut Emma of Normandy wasContinue reading “Ten Medieval Royal English Weddings”
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 beenContinue reading “The Most Notorious French Royal Ménage à Trois”
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 theContinue reading “Finding Women in Anglo-Saxon England”
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 diedContinue reading “Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II”
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 inContinue reading “Women Behind Their Men: Anne Lovell”
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