Ela of Salisbury, ‘the venerable Ela’

By Expert Contributor, Sharon Bennett Connolly While writing Ladies of Magna Carta I came across the stories of many incredible women, one of the most remarkable was Ela of Salisbury, an heiress who was countess in her own right, was only the second ever female sheriff in England, and a respected abbess who once founded…More

#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 and…More

Two Abbesses, Two Synods: The Story of Hild and Ælfflæd.

Here at HISTORY LAIR we are super excited to host our very first Book Tour! Today we introduce to you an amazing new book by our very own Expert Contributor, Annie Whitehead, and it’s called Women of Power in Anglo-Saxon England. Here is a wonderful article by Annie to give you a brief glimpse into…More

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 and…More

THE FALL OF THE FRENCH MONARCHY AND THE REVOLUTION OF AUGUST 10TH, 1792

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,…More

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 lesser…More

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 viciousness…More

Drop Dead Gorgeous: 19th Century Beauty Tips for the Aspiring Consumptive

Written by Expert Contributor, Jessica Cale Picture the ideal nineteenth century English beauty: pale, almost translucent skin, rosy cheeks, crimson lips, white teeth, and sparkling eyes. She’s waspishly thin with elegant collarbones. Perhaps she’s prone to fainting. It shouldn’t be difficult to imagine; numerous depictions survive to this day, and the image is still held…More

The Origins of the Tudor Portrait Miniature

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 of…More

Happy Birthday, Anna of Cleves and Henry VIII!

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. Anna…More