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Women in History: April 9th



– St. John’s College, Cambridge, which was founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort (mother of Henry VII and grandmother of Henry VIII) is granted a royal charter.

Born on this day in…

1458 – Camilla Battista da Varano (d. 1524) was an Italian Princess and a Poor Clare nun and abbess. Canonized on 17th October 2010, she is currently venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. When she was very young, she heard an impassioned homily by Domenico of Leonessa, a Franciscan friary. It was about shedding a tear for Christ and his Passion. It was this homily that inspired young Camilla to want a closeness with Christ. She entered monastic life at the age of 23 on the 24th of November 1481. Her feast day is May 31st.

Died on this day in…

1283 – Margaret of Scotland, Queen of Norway (b. 1261) was wife to Eric II. She was the daughter of Alexander III of Scotland and Margaret of England, daughter of Henry III. Her marriage to Eric II of Norway was the result of the Treaty of Perth which sought to bring an end to Scottish-Norwegian antagonism. At the time of her marriage, she was 20 and he was 13. Margaret passed away after she gave birth to her only child, Margaret, Maid of Norway. Her daughter was Queen Regnant of Scotland.

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