Isabella of France, The Rebel Queen by Kathryn Warner Book Review

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Isabella of France (c. 1295-1358), who married Edward II in January 1308, is one of the most notorious women in English history. In 1325/26, sent to her homeland to negotiate a peace settlement between her husband and her brother Charles IV, Isabella refused to return to England. She began a relationship with her husband’s deadliest … [Read more]

The Year of Mary I: Mary writes to Cromwell after Anne Boleyn’s execution

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  On 19 May 1536 Anne Boleyn was executed within the Tower of London. For Mary, who never liked her stepmother and would probably die before calling Anne her stepmother it was a turning point, or so she must have thought. She wrote to Thomas Cromwell, “Master Secretary, I would have been a suitor to … [Read more]

Henrietta of England, Mother of the Jacobites

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Henrietta of England was born in 1644 as the daughter of Charles I of England and Henrietta Maria of France. She was baptised on 21 July 1644 at Exeter Cathedral. Henrietta was forced to flee England in 1646 for France, where her mother already was to ask the King of France for help for her … [Read more]

Queens Regnant: Rusudan of Georgia

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Rusudan was born circa 1194 as the daughter of Queen Tamar of Georgia and David Soslan. She had an elder brother, who was born in 1191. Their mother died in 1213 and her brother succeeded her as George IV of George on 18 January. In late 1122 or early 1123 George was severely injured in … [Read more]

June Book News

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Red Roses: Blanche of Gaunt to Margaret Beaufort Hardcover – June 1, 2016 (US) & March 7, 2016 (UK) The Wars of the Roses were not just fought by men on the battlefield. Behind the scenes, there were daughters, wives, mistresses, mothers and queens whose lives and influences helped shape the most dramatic of English … [Read more]

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