Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that there was more than one woman in Elizabethan England. The Queen dominates the show, with a few notable exceptions – Mary, Queen of Scots*, Bess of Hardwick, and er… well that’s it really. But there’s hundreds of Elizabethan women who are just as interesting, and today I’m going to… Read More The Fascinating Elizabethan Women You’ve Never Heard Of
An academic summary of thoughts in the history of menstruation: PERIODS? EW! That is not a flippant comment. For literally thousands of years menstruation has been considered disgusting, unclean and generally incredibly gross and not something to be talked about. This is why the first adverts to show sanitary products being tested with red liquid… Read More A History of Menstruation
Famously, Queen Victoria didn’t believe that lesbians existed. She’s not the only one to think that, despite evidence of queer female love and sex cropping up all through history. Same-sex desire, and attitudes towards it, have changed over the course of human history, but women’s sex lives have always occupied a slightly odder place than… Read More Queer Female History: attitudes towards sex
Since the dawn of time women have both been having sex, and trying not to get pregnant. The history of contraception is long, and detailed, and usually kind of gross, but super important to think about when exploring the lives of women. There’s lots of reasons why a woman wouldn’t want to get pregnant, both… Read More A History of Contraception: Methods of Birth Control 1400-1800
Why did Anne Boleyn die when her marriage to Henry collapsed, instead of being divorced and exiled? … Read More Why did Anne Boleyn die?
Eleanor Cobham ended her life divorced, disgraced and imprisoned, but she began it as a lady and lover of the brother of a king. How did she get to that? What happened in her life, and was she really what everyone believed of her? Eleanor was born in 1400, to a noble family in Kent.… Read More Eleanor Cobham: Mistress. Duchess. Witch?
On 9th July 1540, after just six months, Anne of Cleves’ marriage was over. She’d arrived in England from Germany at the start of January, and married the ageing Henry VIII, who had instantly taken against her. After a strained few months, Anne had been removed from court and sent to Richmond Palace, “because of… Read More Anne of Cleves: What Happened to the Other Queen Who Survived?
The story of Henry VIII and his six wives already reads like a melodrama: a mix of sex, love, death and betrayal. Throw the presence of Jane Boleyn in there and you’ve suddenly got a whole extra element of either the effect of one person’s choices, or something more mystical: a curse. Jane’s not done… Read More Jane Boleyn: The Curse of Henry VIII’s Queens?
Welcome to Nobles Go Dating, the series that provides you with all the tea about famous (or infamous) serial daters. First up is none other than the notorious Lucrezia Borgia – poisoner, seductress, whore. Or perhaps just a charasmatic, beautiful woman with some of her own agency picked on by history. Lucrezia Borgia was the… Read More Nobles Go Dating: Lucrezia Borgia