Childbirth in the Tudor Era was a huge part of women’s lives, here are some of the key things you should know.
Elizabeth of York is mostly known for three things: the Princes in the Tower (her brothers); Henry VII (her husband) and Henry VIII (her son). But did you know she… Read more Elizabeth of York and her sisters: 5 fascinating things to know about the Princesses of York →
Today I’m going to talk about the history of make up. It’s not something I ever really consider my forte but I’ve started wearing make up again, following months of… Read more A History of Make Up: From the Tudors to the Victorians →
As the “oldest profession in the world”, the history of sex work is long and complicated by society’s weird relationship with it. For centuries sex workers have occupied an odd… Read more A History of Sex Work: The “Common Prostitute” →
Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that there was more than one woman in Elizabethan England. The Queen dominates the show, with a few notable exceptions – Mary, Queen of Scots*,… Read more The Fascinating Elizabethan Women You’ve Never Heard Of →
An academic summary of thoughts in the history of menstruation: PERIODS? EW! That is not a flippant comment. For literally thousands of years menstruation has been considered disgusting, unclean and… Read more A History of Menstruation →
Famously, Queen Victoria didn’t believe that lesbians existed. She’s not the only one to think that, despite evidence of queer female love and sex cropping up all through history. Same-sex… Read more Queer Female History: attitudes towards sex →
Why did Anne Boleyn die when her marriage to Henry collapsed, instead of being divorced and exiled?