Hidden historical heroines (#16: Judith of Flanders)

  Judith of Flanders (c. 843 – 870) was a great-granddaughter of Charlemagne, the eldest daughter of the Frankish King and Holy Roman Emperor, Charles the Bald of the House of the Carolingians. She was twice-over Queen of Wessex, the dominant and largest Anglo-Saxon kingdom.   In 855 King Æthelwulf of Wessex, an extremely pious […]

Hidden historical heroines (#14: Eleanor de Clare)

  Eleanor de Clare (3 October 1292 – 30 June 1337) was a granddaughter to Edward I of England, joint heiress to the vast de Clare estates and the wife of the powerful, infamous Hugh Despenser the Younger.   Eleanor was born in Caerphilly castle in south Wales. Her father was Gilbert ‘the Red’ de […]

Hidden historical heroines (#11: Cartimandua)

    Cartimandua (ruled c. 43 – 69) was a queen of the Brigantes, a Celtic people in what is now the ‘neck’ of England. A contemporary of the rebellious – and much more famous – Boudica, she is the only queen that the Romans recognised in her own right, referring to her as ‘regina’ […]

Hidden historical heroines (#06: Arbella Stuart)

  Lady Arbella Stuart (1575 – 25 September 1615) was an Elizabethan and Jacobean noblewoman, considered by many of her contemporaries to be the rightful heir to Elizabeth I.   Arbella was the only child of Charles Stuart, 1st Earl of Lennox, (of the third creation), and Elizabeth Cavendish. Her father’s mother was the daughter […]

Hidden historical heroines (#01: Joan of Kent)

  Joan of Kent (1328 – 1385) was a granddaughter of Edward I. She was lauded by her contemporaries as the most beautiful woman in all of England and is known to history as the Fair Maid of Kent.   When she was just a babe in arms, her father – the Earl of Kent […]