#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

#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

#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