Category: Histories Hidden Matriarchs

Sajar al-Durr.

From slave to the first woman to occupy the Egyptian throne since Cleopatra, Shajar al-Durr, also written as Shajarat, remains one of Egypt’s most popular historical figures. She was integral in ending the Seventh Crusade and founding the Mamluk dynasty. ...

Eadgifu of Kent

Eadgifu would become known as the Matriarch of the House of Wessex, wielding varying amounts of power as her sons and then grandsons took the throne of England. This post takes a look into her hidden history....

Pope Joan.

There have been 266 popes, despite their differences, they have all been men, right? Not according to medieval manuscripts which tell the story of a popess who disguised as a man ruled for two years. But did she really exist?...

Warrior Women, Myth vs Truth

Writers have often delved into mythology for inspiration for their heroines, take Wonder Woman for example, But what lies behind the myth? Is there any truth behind the story?...

Lady Godiva.

The story of Lady Godiva’s naked ride through Coventry marketplace, to free the city from a harsh tax imposed by her husband, is arguably one of the best known stories in Britain’s history. But did it actually happen? Did Lady Godiva actually exist? Read on to find out. ...

Boudica

Boudica or Boudicca was raised to folk hero status in the time of Queen Victoria. Her hidden history is wrapped into myth and legend owing to the fact we know very little about this legendary warrior woman....

Tara and Women in Buddhism

Buddhism was founded more than 2,500 years ago in India years ago by The Buddha Siddhartha Gautama. Today there are many philosophies and interpretations within the religion making it a tolerant and evolving religion. This post looks at the saviour-goddess Tara and the role of women in...

St Hild of Whitby Abbey.

Religion in Britain has been influenced by many people, one of which was the abbess of Whitby Abbey, St Hild, sometimes written as Hilda. It is her life and legacy will be the focus of this post. ...

The Women of Easter.

In this special collaboration post we look at the stories of the women of the Easter story from the Anglo-Saxon Eostre said to be the origin of the name of Easter to the three women said to be present at the Crucifixion....

The Pythia

Today, Delphi bears a unique testimony to the religion and civilisation of ancient Greece. The development of the sanctuary and oracle began in the 8th century BCE and the importance of the site continued even following Roman invasion up until 392 CE when Emperor Theodosis banned pagan practices....