The 5 Most Gruesome Female Martyrdoms in Early Christianity. Part One: Eulalia

The 5 Most Gruesome Female Martyrdoms in Early Christianity. Part One: Eulalia

We have all had to queue for something. Whether its queuing for the checkout at Aldi (or Tesco if you're fancy), at the bar or even the toilet, queuing is just an accepted part of life. But would you queue to get humiliated, tortured and brutally killed? No? Me neither, it doesn't sound like the [...]

Historical Women: The Corpse of an Unnamed Woman and a Monk

Historical Women: The Corpse of an Unnamed Woman and a Monk

Hello everyone and welcome back to another post about a woman who we aren't 100% sure actually existed. Like Alexandra last week, this woman is shrouded in mystery but unlike Alexandra's her tale is even more bizarre. In fact, this post is less about the woman herself and more about the monk's interaction with her. [...]

Historical Women: Elizabeth Barton, the Holy Maid of Kent

Historical Women: Elizabeth Barton, the Holy Maid of Kent

Imagine telling Henry VIII that if he married Anne Boleyn he would be dead a few months later... Can't picture it? Neither can I. After all, he was notorious for simply beheading people who said that. But what if those words came from a nun? A nun who prophesied and predicted, claiming that she had [...]

Historical Women: Gertrude Courtenay, Marchioness of Exeter

Historical Women: Gertrude Courtenay, Marchioness of Exeter

Hello everyone and welcome to a post dedicated to Gertrude Courtenay, the first Marchioness of Exeter. Like me when I first read about her a few weeks ago, you are probably thinking, wait, who is she?! Well, wonder no more! Here we have a woman who was once a favourite of Katherine of Aragon. A [...]