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Women in History: April 25th

Events 1985 - The young American peace activist, Samantha Smith, is invited to the Soviet Union by CPSU General Secretary, Yuri Andropov, after she wrote him a letter voicing her concerns about nuclear war. 1990 - Violeta Chamorro becomes the first-ever President of Nicaragua. Born on this day in... 1917 - Ella Fitzgerald (d. 1996),… Continue reading Women in History: April 25th

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Women in History: April 24th

Events 1558 - Mary, Queen of Scots married François, the Dauphin of France at Notre Dame in Paris. 1885 - Annie Oakley, the infamous American sharpshooter joins Buffalo Bill's Wild West. Born on this day in... 1492 - Sabina of Bavaria-Munich (d. 1564) was the Duchess of Bavaria and wife to Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg. The daughter… Continue reading Women in History: April 24th

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Women in History: April 19th

Events 797 - Empress Irene of the Byzantine Empire deposes her son Constantine VI, who is blinded and who dies shortly afterwards. She assumes the title of Basilissa, the female form of Basileus ("Emperor").     1713 - Although lacking a male heir, Charles VI Holy Roman Emperor issued the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 which… Continue reading Women in History: April 19th

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Women in History: April 18th

Events 1518 - Bona Sforza was crowned Queen Consort of Poland after her marriage to Sigismund I the Old, King of Poland. She belonged to the powerful Sforza family and became very involved in Polish-Lithuanian politics after her marriage. Implementing various reforms, one of which was the Wallach Reform, she was able to generate a… Continue reading Women in History: April 18th

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Gareth Russell’s “Young and Damned and Fair”

For centuries, the six wives of Henry VIII have been the cause of obsessive speculation and endless research. These six women, Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr have played the parts that history has assigned them.

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Susan Meissner’s “A Bridge Across the Ocean”

What first grabbed my attention about A Bridge Across the Ocean was the book cover. On the cover is a pretty auburn-haired woman in a 1950’s style dress with pearls and candy apple red lipstick. She had this sort of half-smile or smirk, I'm unsure which. Either way, it definitely caught my attention!

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Tracie Peterson’s “Treasured Grace”

The Oregon Trail is no easy place for the three Flanagan sisters in 1847. As the eldest sister, Grace, widow of the late Right Reverend T.S. Martindale, keeps her small family together despite difficult circumstances and locales. Others are surprised when Grace doesn't seem to be mourning her husband at all.

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Today in History: The Coronation of Henry V

Henry V was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey on 9th April in the year of our Lord 1413. There was a great snowstorm on the day of his coronation and many wondered if this was an ill omen or a good one. Henry was the second King of the House of Lancaster, preceded… Continue reading Today in History: The Coronation of Henry V