Medieval times

From princess to queen to countess – meet Richeza

Today, dear peeps, we are going back to medieval times and to one of my favourite locations, Castile. Now, Castile in medieval times was a pretty harsh place, a country constantly at war against the Moors in a  determined effort to oust the infidel from the Iberian peninsula. The kings of Castile were mostly out […]

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One son died young, one became an earl, one a bishop and one an abuser – the life of a medieval mother

Today, we’re going to spend some time with a woman called Elisabeth. Back in her day, there were many, many Elisabeths. And Eleanors. And Matildas. Our Elisabeth had the misfortune of a somewhat burdened surname. Being a de Montfort in 13th century England was not necessarily a good thing—at least not after the battle of

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The king’s lady – of Nicholaa de la Haye, defender of Lincoln, as presented by Sharon Bennett Connolly

Today, dear peeps, we’re going to be spending time in medieval England, more specifically in the reign of King John. This time and place was a man’s world where women rarely got more than a passing mantion by the (male) chroniclers. There were exceptions of course, and one such exception was Nicholaa de la Haye,

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The abducted bride – the story of Ingrid Svantepolksdotter

Today, dear peeps, we’ll be lingering in 13th century Sweden. (Blame it on a recent road trip, which had me passing places that were once seats of power in the nascent kingdom of Sweden, now mostly are backwaters . . .) Now, the reason why this story caught my eye was because of a name:

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The consequences of not keeping it in your pants – a medieval morality

Once upon a time there was a king named Valdemar. Okay, we might need to slow down as there have been quite a few kings named Valdemar, especially in Denmark. Not so much in Sweden, though, and this particular king was Swedish. Sweden in the 13th century was not Sweden as it is today. Huge

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In which Helen Hollick presents us with a fresh take (Thank God!) on Guinevere, King Arthur’s lady!

Last week, I participated in a celebration of Helen Hollick’s thiry years as a published writer. Seeing as I am rather intrigued by her take on the Arthurian legend as depicted in her trilogy, Pendragon’s Banner, I asked her to write a post about her perception of the fair Guinevere. Well, I already knew her

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Capable and ambitious – a combo that made Godwine a power-broker in Anglo Saxon England

Today, I am hosting Mercedes Rochelle on my blog. She is presently doing a Coffee Pot Book Club tour named The Last Great Saxon Earls. Who these earls were? Well, Ms Rochelle concentrates on one family, the Godwines, which essentially means we’re talking about the last Anglo Saxon king of England. But events were set

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Let us shine the light on Penda of Mercia – or more correctly, on author MJ Porter.

Today, I am hosting a stop on MJ Porter’s Coffee Pot Book Club tour featuring her book, Pagan King. We’re thrown back into the seventh century, a time when mighty (and Christain-ish) Northumberland is challenged by pagan Mercia and its capable ruler, Penda. Last time they clashed, Penda won. Will history repeat itself? Well, let

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The miser’s money put to good use – a walk through history inspired by Southwark Cathedral

Once upon a time, there was an avaricious gent named John. Our John was in the logistics business, more specifically, he transported people back and forth across the Thames. Okay, so this is a looong time ago, and while the intrepid and savvy Romans managed to span the river with the first ever London bridge,

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Ms Ironbeard, King Hans and the failure of a royal marriage

Sometimes, I start out by researching one person and end up fascinated by another. In this particular case, I wanted to know more about Hans II, King of Denmark and Norway (“And Sweden!” he adds, but as he was only king here for like three years, I see that as more of a parenthesis) This

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