Monday, 3 May 2021

Rewinding: a look back at The White Queen

 


Through May, I'm going to be celebrating the White Queen on the blog. This whole little project of mine started back in 2013 so I could write reviews of the TV series based on Philippa Gregory's  novel. I was a new mum at the time and this was the first show I'd actually watched properly since welcoming my son a few months earlier. Writing the blog was a chance to start taking just a few minutes a day for me amidst the all consuming and utterly enthralling job of being a mum. Eight years later, my son is happily reading his own books and writing his own stories so I'm taking myself back to that summer and how I felt about a TV show that was like water in a desert for me after months of no books or TV. I feel a little differently about it now but I'll save that for later in May. Let's enjoy the White Queen.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Hero or villain? The woman who took a throne unnoticed on May Day

 



A beautiful, ambitious, clever and successful woman who started wars and made kingdoms should really be a little bit more famous than Elizabeth Woodville. Her royal story began in earnest on May 1st 1464 when she married Edward IV in secret. In recent years her tale has become a little better known thanks, in part, to novels that have centred on her life. But they tend to veer between angelic consort and manipulative scheme. Who was the real Elizabeth Woodville?

Friday, 9 April 2021

Prince Philip has died at the age of 99

 


Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died at the age of 99. The Duke passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle on the morning of April 9th 2021.

Philip, who was born on June 10th 1921, was the longest reigning consort in British history. He had been at The Queen's side since her record breaking rule started in 1952. The couple were married for over 73 years.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921 - 2021

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

The Queen's daughters: Matilda of Flanders

 


In Women's History Month, I'm going to take a look at the relationships of England's queens with other women in their families. One of the most crucial bonds is that of the consorts with their daughters, many of whom went on to have famous royal careers of their own. I'm starting with England's first post Conquest queen, Matilda of Flanders.

Henry VIII's most mysterious queen

 

Jane Seymour, Queen of England and only the second to die from complications of childbirth


Jane Seymour remains the most elusive and mysterious of all the women who married Henry VIII - and she had some competition.  The third queen of the eighth Henry died twelve days after the birth of her only child, the legitimate son that Henry longed for to secure his kingdom and his throne.  While little Prince Edward was being tended in his nursery, his mother died of the complications of childbirth - most likely a puerperal fever that came about from an infection not treated properly after the delivery of her baby. 

Monday, 1 March 2021

Matilda, Last Norman Queen



Monday means a Norman queen and this week, it's the last consort of the royal dynasty that changed England forever. Meet Matilda of Boulogne.

Celebrating England's queens in Women's History Month

 

I talk about women's history all the time on this blog so in a way, every month is women's history month. But in March 2021, I really want to put the focus on the amazing women in royal history as well as the female voices bringing them to life today.