Why Y’all Should Totally Know About the Legend that is Matilda of Tuscany

Why Y’all Should Totally Know About the Legend that is Matilda of Tuscany

While this is definitely not the first time I’ve heard of Matilda of Tuscany, also known as Matilda of Canossa, this is the first time I’ve read detailed information about her and her religious life filled with years spent fighting for the Popes and the Church, and I’ve definitely decided her to be now one of my favorite ass-kicking, awesome historical noblewomen/figures 😀

Joan of Kent’s Marriages

Joan of Kent’s Marriages

Ooh, sounds fascinating and reveals even more information I previously didn’t know about or only had a vague idea of about one of my favorite historical figures and was beloved in her own time, Joan of Kent! 🙂

Before reading this post, I assumed that Joan’s first two marriages were arranged and only her third marriage was for love — though it seems I must think twice before assuming that again because it appears that Joan did love Thomas Holland, which was a bit of a shock to me since she was so young when she got married and I assumed that because of her extreme youth, the union was arranged and that they didn’t consummate it immediately after. I would have thought that if Joan and Thomas really wished to marry, they would have done so when she was older, perhaps from the ages of 14-18, but again they may have married hastily because by that time Joan would have been of marriageable age and she wouldn’t have wanted to be married off to somebody other than Thomas, so yes, it’s more than likely it was a love match.

She also married Edward the Black Prince for love — though in the end, it may have been her first husband who was her true love because she asked to be buried beside him in her will. However, because she may have truly loved both of them and had a hard time choosing where to be buried, she chose to be buried beside Thomas as a sign of respect that she still loved him and hadn’t forgotten him at all even after her love match with the Black Prince.

Hmm, if ever I’ll go through with my possible novel on Joan of Kent in the future, I now have a gold mine of information on Joan and her marriages and how to interpret them 🙂

‘Tragic’ Queens, Princesses, and Noblewomen (and Isabella of France ain’t at the top of the list)

‘Tragic’ Queens, Princesses, and Noblewomen (and Isabella of France ain’t at the top of the list)

[Originally posted in Kathryn Warner’s blog dedicated to Edward II of England]

Yep, you read that right — Isabella of France isn’t the only or even the most ‘tragic’ Queen of England or, God forbid, even in history, and you better know it and get it right when writing about her (and by extension Edward II).

Kathryn Warner’s Guide to Writing and Discussing Historical Figures (aka My ‘Bible’ for Writing Historical Fiction)

Kathryn Warner’s Guide to Writing and Discussing Historical Figures (aka My ‘Bible’ for Writing Historical Fiction)

[Originally posted in Kathryn Warner’s blog dedicated to Edward II of England]

Amen to that, sister, and historians and historical novelists better take note!

People, beware of unfairly maligning historical figures just to make them more unsympathetic or make your favorites look better!

People, beware of unfairly maligning historical figures just to make them more unsympathetic or make your favorites look better!

[Originally posted in Kathryn Warner’s blog dedicated to Edward II of England]

Oh dear, historians and historical novelists alike who are guilty of this should watch out now! XD