Nicholaa de la Haye: The Woman Who Saved England

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”

Ten Medieval Royal English Weddings

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”

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 diedContinue reading “Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II”

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,Continue reading “Jacquetta of Luxembourg: Mother of the Commoner Queen”

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 howContinue reading “The Illegitimate Son: Arthur Plantagenet”