Women in History

Crowning A Queen

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There had never been a regnant queen in England before 1553, when Mary I ascended to the throne following the death of her younger brother Edward VI. After the death of our flame-haired monarch, Elizabeth…

The Countess

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Although the fight for Irish independence in the early 20th Century was dominated by the men, there was a surprisingly large group of women who took up arms, carried messages and risked their lives for what…

Sparta…Great For Women!

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The best place to be a woman in Ancient Greece was…Sparta. Really? You mean that bloodthirsty lot who were horrendously outnumbered at Thermopylae and yet still went on to win. That was a good place…

100 Years of Bridal Fashion

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All girls dream of their wedding; the man, the flowers, the venue…the dress! At one point or another members of your family will have witnessed the sleek and simple phase, 10ft veils and voluptuous meringues….

Amy Johnson: Aviatrix Extraordinaire

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Amy Johnson is perhaps Britain’s most famous aviatrix. Her famous solo flight to Australia was only one of her many achievements during her flying career, which also saw her become the first ever fully-qualified female…

Jane Austen’s Emma: A Girl For Today

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‘Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and a happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings in existence…’ If Emma herself, the snobbish, infuriating but still likeable heroine of…

Why I Am Loving Anne of Cleves

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OK, so she may not be the most popular, nor glamorous of Henry’s wives, and after Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour, most people’s interests tend to wax and wane a little. However, I am starting…

Mistress of Charlecote

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If there is one book which can transport me back in time within reading just a few paragraphs, it is this one. When I settle down to read this book, in my minds eye, I…

QUIZ! Which Roman Goddess Are You?

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Forget the heavy burdens of 21st Century life…transport your mind back to the heavens above the ancient city of Rome. You are a Goddess devoted to your people, who in turn worship you, and build…

The Real Housewives of Versailles

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My husband and I were warned prior to traveling from Paris to Versailles; apparently we would be sorry to spend more than a day there. “You’ll be bored silly,” people scoffed. I now realize those…

Bad-Ass History Chicks

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From murder and conspiracy to rebellion and adulterous affairs; women throughout history have had a tendency to be a little on the ‘bad’ side! The phrase ‘women should be seen and not heard’ has been…