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The Virgin Queen’s “Virgins”

While Elizabeth I's reputation as the Virgin Queen has been in question since her own lifetime, the ladies around her certainly didn't aspire to the virginal state, despite their mistresses repeated lectures on the matter. It's not known exactly why Elizabeth shied away from taking a husband, though theories range from witnessing her father's violently… Continue reading The Virgin Queen’s “Virgins”

Article, Medieval England, Wars of the Roses

The History of Cersei’s Walk of Shame

Spoiler warning: Game of Thrones Season 5 finale. Sunday's (in my opinion rather lacklustre) Game of Thrones finale saw one of the more talked about scenes of the series; Cersei's “walk of shame”. Stripped completely naked with her hair shaved off, Cersei walked through the city of King's Landing, to the taunts and jeers of… Continue reading The History of Cersei’s Walk of Shame

Article, Tudor

The Tudors, Artistic Licence and Outright Fictions

I love The Tudors, I probably shouldn’t, but I really do. The history is so ridiculous and mashed together and I wonder why at various times they make up stuff when the actual history is far more interesting and dramatic, but the acting is good and the costumes are stunning. It would take far, far… Continue reading The Tudors, Artistic Licence and Outright Fictions

Review, Tudor

The Mistresses of Henry VIII – Kelly Hart

The Mistresses of Henry VIII (2009) The Mistresses of Henry VIII attests that while the lives and personalities of Henry VIII and his six wives are well documented, Henry was involved in numerous affairs with women who have been largely forgotten by history. Hart’s book claims to ‘rescue’ these women from ‘obscurity’ relating the tales… Continue reading The Mistresses of Henry VIII – Kelly Hart

Article, Biographical

The Mistresses who would be Queen

The position of royal mistress, even a recognised maîtresse en titre was fraught with difficulties. The lucky, or perhaps more aptly, unlucky woman would have to work tirelessly to maintain the king’s interest. She would have to dispose of rivals without reducing herself to nagging the king or displeasing him in any way lest she… Continue reading The Mistresses who would be Queen

Biographical, Review

The Encyclopedia of Mistresses – Dawn B. Sova

The Encyclopedia of Mistresses: An Under-the-Covers Look at the “Other Women” of History’s Most Influential Men. (2001) In an ambitious project, Dawn B. Sova put together The Encyclopedia of Mistresses in 1993, which as you might expect is a collection of encyclopaedic-esque entries for women who have gone down in history as ‘the other woman,’… Continue reading The Encyclopedia of Mistresses – Dawn B. Sova

Biographical, Stuart History

The Courtesans of Charles II

'The Merry Monarch’ was very merry indeed. Known for his love of partying and women Charles II brought fun back to England in a big, big way. Even before his return to England however, Charles was having fun in his own way, mostly with women. He acknowledged over a dozen illegitimate children with several mistresses,… Continue reading The Courtesans of Charles II

Article

National Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month here in the UK and in America. The theme for 2014 is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.” To that end for the month of March we will be dedicated to all things mistress related, looking at the women in history who played a major role behind the… Continue reading National Women’s History Month

Medieval England, Review

Fictionalising Historical Characters: The People’s Queen

I've come to the opinion that Tesco have a lot to answer for. Three books for five pounds they said. You'll need to read something on a five hour train journey they said. Look! We've got historical fiction they said. I bought The People's Queen by Vanora Bennett in the same offer that saw me… Continue reading Fictionalising Historical Characters: The People’s Queen