The Fascinating Elizabethan Women You’ve Never Heard Of

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

Queer Female History: attitudes towards sex

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

A History of Contraception: Methods of Birth Control 1400-1800

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

Anne of Cleves: What Happened to the Other Queen Who Survived?

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?