How I Do History: Isabelle Richards

So… what am I doing with that history degree? Mine’s actually a degree in Archaeology, followed by an MA in Cultural Heritage Management. But I studied and loved history at school, all the way up to my A Levels (age 16-18 in England). If I hadn’t, I’d never have picked my degree subjects! Archaeology sounded…More

Ealhswith, Wife of King Alfred the Great

written by Expert Contributor Susan Abernethy Ealhswith was a Mercian princess who married Alfred, Anglo-Saxon king of Wessex. She was never called queen and she never witnessed any charters during Alfred’s administration. But she was the mother of illustrious children and she is remembered as “the true and beloved lady of the English”. We know…More

Salic Law and the Exclusion of Women from the Crown of France

Written by Expert Contributor Susan Abernethy for The Freelance History Writer I’ve been looking for an explanation for the use of Salic Law in France to exclude women from inheriting the throne. In reading Kathleen Wellman’s book “Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France” in her chapter on Charles VII’s mistress Agnes Sorel, she talks about…More

How I Do History: Jessica Miller

I’m working on my thesis to complete a master’s in American History; I work as an archivist by day and as a pub crawl tour guide by night, and in my free time, I volunteer at museums. My career path has been and continues to be a very windy path fueled by a genuine love…More

#MistressMondays Presents: Nell Gwyn

Making a Monarch Merry While many mistresses in history have risen to popularity and fame, especially amongst their noble peers, Nell Gwyn stands out as a mistress who was beloved not just by her king, but by her country as well. As an historic figure, Nell was perfectly reflective of the time in which she…More

The Disappearance of Lady Mary Seymour

Originally written by Rebecca Larson for Born At Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire on 30 August 1548, Lady Mary Seymour was the long-awaited child of dowager queen Kateryn Parr, and her fourth husband Sir Thomas, Baron Seymour of Sudeley. The unexpected pregnancy left both parents overjoyed. In a letter from 9 June 1548, Thomas Seymour…More

#MistressMondays Present: Kosem Sultan

“The Enormous Mother” The early modern Ottoman Empire is marked by many women who held positions of influence even in a highly patriarchal society. While not allowed to rule outright, some women had a knack for finding the loopholes and exploiting them for personal gain. Perhaps the most iconic woman to play the system was…More

#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 wonders…More

#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 as…More