Eleanor of Castile and Her Reputation Through History ~ A guest post by Sara Cockerill

Very well-written, and such a thoughtful and pretty objective look at this ‘shadow queen’ too! 😀 I recommend this article to anyone who’s interested in learning more about the mysterious Eleanor of Castile, beloved first wife of Edward I of England. 🙂

The Freelance History Writer

The Eleanor Cross at Hardingstone.  Image by Sara Cockerill The Eleanor Cross at Hardingstone. Image by Sara Cockerill

Sara Cockerill studied law at the University of Oxford. She is a practising QC specialising in commercial law, and the author of a leading specialist legal text. She has had a lifelong interest in English history and has devoted her spare time over the past ten years to researching the life of Eleanor of Castile. ‘Eleanor of Castile: The Shadow Queen’ is her first published work of history and is available from Amberley Publishing. For more information, see www.saracockerill.com or follow her on Facebook.

It is tempting to think that a Queen’s reputation is fixed forever. Katherine of Aragon, for instance, has always been seen as a “good queen”. But often how the queens of the past are seen is as much a factor of the mood of the time as it is of the evidence of their actions…

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Religion and My Life

First of all, I would like to apologize to all my readers and followers for not updating or using this blog — or even my other WordPress site stuartdynasty — recently. I have been busy with many school assignments, activities, and projects especially as I am in high school which is definitely a more hectic time for students than when it was in elementary, though it is true that sometimes I either just forget or I’m too lazy to post or reblog things on apassionforhistory. Now, I would like to kick off my ‘return’ to posting with an article about my views on religion, religious fanaticism and detachment, and what sort of spiritual faith I practice and whose ideology I follow — especially since my mood at this point is considerably low with regards to my ranking on the honor roll and my grades in the first grading of this school year and I feel like it would be good to discuss in some detail and explore my faith, which I usually try to keep to myself a very private matter, rarely sharing my real views with anyone but my family. Continue reading

Telling Time in the Middle Ages: 5 Things You Didn’t Know.

Very interesting and useful…I’m very grateful to the author for taking the time to write about this! 😀


As I am typing these words, my clock reads 9:34 p.m.  And anytime I wonder the time, I can check my laptop, cell phone, or God forbid ,one of those archaic orbs on the wall with hour and minute hands.  It wasn’t until I started writing my Medieval fiction series, The Fairytale Keeper, that I actually started to wonder how time was measured throughout history and what inventions have made the measurement of time so precise today.   I narrowed down my fascination with the evolution of time to five facts.  I hope you find them as fascinating as I do.

  1. The minute, as a measurement of time, didn’t exist. 

Portrait of Jost Burgi, inventor of the minute handDuring the Middle Ages, a combination of water clocks, sun dials, and candle clocks were used to tell time though none of those could tell time to the minute.  While the best water clocks could tell time to the quarter…

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