Medieval Mold-Breaking Women: Countess Matilda of Tuscany

Matilda di Canossa lived in a tumultuous era, but she proved she was a capable leader. As the daughter of Beatrice of Lorraine and Boniface III, Margrave of Tuscany, she eventually inherited a considerable portion of northern Italy after the deaths of her brothers. During the 1070s, she ruled Tuscany in tandem with her mother; … More Medieval Mold-Breaking Women: Countess Matilda of Tuscany

Medieval Mold-Breaking Women: Countess Marie of Champagne

Countess Marie wasn’t exactly a mold-breaker, but her influence on society—both medieval and later—makes her a remarkable woman. Rather than defy the culture of her day, she was instrumental in defining culture for centuries to come. She was a member of France’s royal family, the eldest daughter of King Louis VII and Eleanor, Duchess of … More Medieval Mold-Breaking Women: Countess Marie of Champagne

Medieval Mold-Breaking Women: Empress Matilda

Empress Matilda is an often-overlooked medieval noble, but her life certainly warrants attention. She was the daughter of a king, Henry I of England, and her dynastic birthright would become the nation’s focus during her middle years. In A.D./C.E. 1114 she became the wife of an emperor, Henry V of the Holy Roman Empire, and … More Medieval Mold-Breaking Women: Empress Matilda

Medieval Mold-Breaking Women: Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine has become synonymous with the image of a powerful medieval woman. Volumes have been written about her extraordinary political influence, with the oldest dating as far back as when she was alive. Though historians continue to debate the nature of her rule, it’s clear that she was one of the most influential … More Medieval Mold-Breaking Women: Eleanor of Aquitaine