#MistressMondays Presents: Lola Montez

“The mistress heard round the world” would be a fitting nickname for Lola Montez. Her short 39 years of life were marked by grand romance, toppled governments, tragic duels, and maybe even murder! Wherever Lola went, chaos was sure to follow, though that never seemed to slow her down. If I’m being honest, the wondersContinue reading “#MistressMondays Presents: Lola Montez”

#MistressMonday Presents: Agnes Bernauer

“The Angel of Augsburg” There comes a time in any discussion of mistresses when a woman’s life is so horribly undocumented that it creates more folklore than actual fact. This week’s feature, Agnes Bernauer, is the epitome of this creative phenomenon. What is known to be fact about our fabulous mistress will be presented asContinue reading “#MistressMonday Presents: Agnes Bernauer”

#MistressMondays Presents: The Ladies of “Lucky Lindy”

In the age of DNA tests and finding lost family members, stories of “second families” are more and more common. However, for those who have that bittersweet realization, it is rarely followed up with a “third” or “fourth” family discovery. Ever the over-achiever, Charles “Lucky” Lindbergh did just that and his many affairs burst atContinue reading “#MistressMondays Presents: The Ladies of “Lucky Lindy””

#MistressMonday Presents: Hortense Mancini

“Love me right, or we’re gonna fight.”                              ~Hortense Mancini, probably This week’s mistress spotlight falls upon Hortense Mancini, an Italian aristocrat who was considered one of the most beautiful women alive in the 1660s-1680s, as well as one of the wealthiest. Her large fortune was gifted to her upon the death of her wealthyContinue reading “#MistressMonday Presents: Hortense Mancini”

#MistressMondays Presents: Harriette Wilson

“Be careful, I’ll put you in my memoir.” ~Harriette Wilson, probably Lovers of history and juicy scandals, celebrate! The inaugural #MistressMonday has arrived and we are starting off with a BANG! This series will discuss the women (and sometimes men) who have made their mark on history by playing it smart on the streets andContinue reading “#MistressMondays Presents: Harriette Wilson”

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 andContinue reading “Philippa of Hainault”


Written by Expert Contributor, Dr Linda Porter Less familiar than the fall of the Bastille and the coup against Robespierre on 9th Thermidor, Year II (26 July, 1794), the Revolution of August 10,1792 was, nevertheless, a pivotal point in the French Revolution.  From that date onwards Louis XVI and his family, Marie Antoinette, their children,Continue reading “THE FALL OF THE FRENCH MONARCHY AND THE REVOLUTION OF AUGUST 10TH, 1792”

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 lesserContinue reading “Sybil Ludington: The Female Paul Revere”

The Romanovs in Red Cross uniforms

Written by Expert Contributor Gareth Russell Nicholas II’s daughters, all slaughtered together in a cellar on one dreadful morning in 1918, have acquired a totemic significance in the century since their murder. For many conservatives and monarchists, the posthumous importance of the grand duchesses is obvious and inescapable as proof both of the unhinged viciousnessContinue reading “The Romanovs in Red Cross uniforms”

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”