Lessons for my Daughter: Anne of France & Suzanne of Bourbon

“My daughter, the perfect natural love that I have for you…gives me the desire and the determination to prepare a few little lessons for you while I am still with you, knowing well your inexperience and extreme youth and hoping that in time you will recall these lessons and that they will help you a … Continue reading Lessons for my Daughter: Anne of France & Suzanne of Bourbon

Women and Power in the Kingdom of Heaven: Melisende and Sybil Lecture by Professor Helen Nicholson and Hayley Bassett

Earlier this week I attended the fantastic Eileen Younghusband Memorial Lecture Women and Power in the Kingdom of Heaven: Melisende and Sybil hosted by the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Cardiff University. I’ve been interested in the queens of Jerusalem since picking up a copy of Queens of Jerusalem: The Women Who Dared to Rule … Continue reading Women and Power in the Kingdom of Heaven: Melisende and Sybil Lecture by Professor Helen Nicholson and Hayley Bassett

Trailblazers: Joan of Arc ‘The Maid of Orléans’

During a war that lasted over 100 years, a French teenager rose from humble beginnings to become a famous warrior. She led an army into battle against the English, changing the course of the war and history. This warrior mystic who believed she received visions from God met a tragic end at the hands of … Continue reading Trailblazers: Joan of Arc ‘The Maid of Orléans’

Trailblazers: Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians

In Women’s History Month 2020 I started a mini-Trailblazers series where we looked at Empress Theodora, Marie Curie, Christine de Pizan and Ida B Wells, and this year I’ll be continuing this series exploring more kick-ass women! So, to get things started, we’re going to find out about Æthelflæd. She was daughter of Alfred the … Continue reading Trailblazers: Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians

Trailblazers: Christine de Pizan (GUEST POST: @galleryofthecityofladies)

When Some Sources Say asked me to write a post about a female trailblazer for ‘Women’s History Month’ Christine de Pizan came instantly to mind. She was the inspiration behind my Instagram account ‘Gallery of the City of Ladies’ and is widely thought to be the 'First professional woman of letters in Europe'. Christine was … Continue reading Trailblazers: Christine de Pizan (GUEST POST: @galleryofthecityofladies)