Happy International Women's Day!
|A portrait of Elizabethan sisters, with their respective children. Picture acquired through Wikimedia Commons. Image public domain.|
It should come as no surprise to my readers that Queen Elizabeth I of England is my favorite person to study in history, and that she is therefore the woman whose inspiring life story I feel most compelled to share with others. But I also find all women of the Early Modern period (specifically Tudor and Elizabethan women) particularly fascinating.
|'Queen Elizabeth ushers in Peace and Plenty', from An Allegory of the Tudor Succession, circa 1572. Attributed to Lucas de Heere. Photo acquired through Wikimedia Commons. Image public domain.|
Below is a list of (some of) my favorite historical women; you can also view our Remarkable Women of History board on Pinterest for images and mini-biographies of amazing women from every culture and time period.
-Cleopatra VII of Egypt
-Cleopatra Selene, Queen of Mauretania
-The "Empress" Matilda
-Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine
-Queen Philippa of Hainault
-Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster
-Joan of Kent, Princess of Wales
-Joan of Arc
-Christine de Pizan
-Queen Margaret of Anjou
-Queen Elizabeth Woodville
-Countless women of the German/Lutheran Reformation (view them on THIS Pinterest page).
-ALL Six Wives of Henry VIII
-Katherine Willoughby de Eresby (previously Duchess of Suffolk).
-Queen Elizabeth I
-Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury
-Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke
-Grace O'Malley, the Irish Pirate Queen of Connaught
-Elizabeth Tilley (my ancestress)
-Nell Gwynn, Actress and Royal Mistress
-Anne Boleyn and Mary Read
-Louisa May Alcott
-Esther Howland (my ancestress)
-Countess Constance Markiewicz
Who are your favorite women in history?