One Year Old!

By leaving this blog inactive for over three months, I’ve already broken one of the rules I set for myself when I started this project, and, by writing a “personal” post, I’m about to break another. Writers get to cheat every once in a while, I suppose. I want to apologize for the inactivity, but … More One Year Old!

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