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.

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Caroline of Ansbach, Queen of England

The first queen consort of England to bear the name  of Caroline was the wife of George II. Wilhelmina Charlotte Caroline of Ansbach was always known by her last name and was queen consort from 1727 to 1737.  

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

The wedding dress of Wallis, so close to being Queen


It's one of the most famous blue wedding dresses in the world even it's usually seen in black and white. It's about as well known as a royal wedding gown gets even though it was worn to a ceremony that took place behind closed doors and which was recorded for posterity in a brief photo session in the hot French sun later on. Yet the dress worn by Wallis Warfield Simpson at her wedding to Edward, Duke of Windsor has a place in royal history all of its own. This is the gown worn to the wedding that changed the House of Windsor, and royalty, forever.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Kateryne The Quene


So how should we spell Katherine's name? You can see from that sentence that I'm a 'K' girl when it comes to my favourite queen. Yet, many history books, articles and references use the 'C'. So what is the right way and does it really matter?