Category: Histories Hidden Matriarchs

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....

Hildegard of Bingen and Catherine of Siena.

This post is going to look at the lives of two medieval mystics, Hildegard of Bingen, and Catherine of Siena. Both women gained the respect of church officials and lay people in their lifetimes and left lasting legacies that led to them being canonised. ...

Mae Jamison and Stephanie Wilson.

Mae Jamison and Stephanie Wilson worked hard and broke through barriers when they joined NASA as astronauts. They are the first two African American women to be accepted as astronauts by NASA. Not only have they been to space but they also have numerous awards and achievements. Learn more...

Elise ‘Lise’ Meitner.

Lise Meitner, is known as the ‘Mother of the Atomic Bomb’. Over the course of a career she made many notable discoveries, however, she never received the recognition she deserved. This article will look at her life, and the trials she faced not only as a woman but also,...

Beatrice Shilling

This post is focused on the life and legacy of Beatrice Shilling, who was obsessed by engines from a young age, and went on to study engineering at university, before being recruited by the Royal Aircraft Establishment shortly before the Second World War, where she would go on...