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Women & the Crusades: guest post by Nan Hawthorne

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 in 12th century, crusades, guest post, hildegard of bingen, nan hawthorne, women's history | Comments Off

Women & the Crusades: guest post by Nan Hawthorne

Today’s guest post is by Nan Hawthorne, whose new novel Beloved Pilgrim explores the Crusade of 1101 from the perspective of a woman who went off to fight. During my own research of Hildegard von Bingen, I uncovered this short description of female crusaders from the Disibodenberg Chronicles, written by the monks of the abbey of Disibodenberg where Hildegard lived from the age of eight as a child anchorite: Not only men and boys, but many women also took part in this journey. Indeed females went forth on this venture dressed as men and marched in armour . . . –From the...

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Guest Post: History’s Black Widow

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 in guest post, renaissance, women's history | 2 comments

Guest Post: History’s Black Widow

This week I’d like to present a guest post by C W Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici. Many of you already know Gortner from his previous novel, The Last Queen, which presents a sensitive portrait of the tragically misunderstood Juana “La Loca” of Castile. Gortner has passionately rewritten the histories of these maligned women, giving them voice and allowing them to tell their stories and set the record straight. And you never know . . . he might eventually write about a 17th century Firebrand. -Mary Sharratt History’s Black Widow: The Legend of...

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