Among the amazing women I have featured for Women’s History Month over the past few weeks are some of my favourite feisty medieval royal women: Boudicca, Æthelflæd. Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen Philippa of Hainault, Margaret of Anjou and Anne Neville.
Each of them rebelled in one way or another against the social conventions of their time, showing even in their strongly patriarchal societiy that women were capable of far more than just making politically astute marriages nd popping out royal babies to guarantee the king an heir— or several.
I stumbled across this article from the History Extra website on the weekend, and thought it made a wonderful addition to my collection of articles here.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
7 Things You Didn’t Know A Medieval Princess Could Do
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I’ve visited Eleanor’s tomb at Fontevraud and Aethelflaed’s possible burial place in Gloucester. Brilliant stories around both of them, and Aethelflaed especially not given enough credit, almost being written out of our history!
Fantastic! I would love to be able to go there someday!