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Medieval and Tudor historian, with a particular interest in women's lives and experiences, also dabble in Modernism. I write fiction and non-fiction, also journalism for The Guardian, BBC History website, The New Statesman, The Huffington Post, The English Review and The London Magazine. I appeared in TV documentaries "The Real White Queen and her Rivals" and "The Private Lives of the Tudors." ...more

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Jeanne d'Albret: Heather Darsie's Anna of Cleves blog tour.

Today, I'm delighted to welcome Heather Darsie to my blog, the author of a new biography of Annea of Cleves, recently published by Amberley. Heather has written a piece on Jeanne d'Albret, a woman close to my own heart, which I know you'll enjoy reading.




Anna of Cleves’ Navarrese Sister-in-Law
By Heather R. Darsie




Jeanne d’Albret was born on 16 November 1528 to Marguerit Read more of this blog post »
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“Help! Put a plaster On my heart For when I remember it To be sure, I am overwhelmed with sighs I am so full of melancholy She as young and pretty when she died About twenty-two years old Gay, joyous, frolicksome, frisky Sweet, simple, modest of mein The excellent lady was called Blanche.”
Amy Licence, Red Roses: Blanche of Gaunt to Margaret Beaufort

“Because she would go on to prove herself brave, determined and ambitious, challenging contemporary notions of submissive womanhood, slurs were also directed at her sexuality. Women who chose, or were forced, to defy such conventional gender roles often drew accusations of promiscuity or lewdness to discredit them as enemies.”
Amy Licence, Red Roses: Blanche of Gaunt to Margaret Beaufort

“Politics and government were the jurisdiction of men. Contemporary manuals advised against the lines being blurred, citing women’s propensity to gossip as damaging to male business, and women who formally wielded power were relatively unknown. However, this must have varied as much as personal relationships did and, as Chaucer’s writings make clear, intelligent women must have been influential where circumstances allowed,”
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