Dear Readers, Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on April 9th and concludes with Easter Sunday on April 16th. During the entire week I will be on hiatus and the Women in History series will be on hold. The series will continue on Tuesday, April 18th. Thank you for your patience! Kendall
Events 1511 - 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… Continue reading Women in History: April 9th
Events 1943 - Elise Hampel was executed on this day in Berlin along with her husband, Otto, for anti-Nazi activities. A working class couple, they wrote anti-Nazi information on postcards and placed them around Berlin. 1959 - American computer scientist Grace Hopper meets with a group of university computer programmers on this day to discuss… Continue reading Women in History: April 8th
Daughter of Union County is one of those books that I was beyond excited to read. The title, book cover, and the blurb really caught my attention.
Events 1141 - Empress Matilda was the first female ruler of England to bear the name "Lady of the English." She took the title because she was never crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey. In addition, she was also known as "Lady of Normandy." Born on this day in... 1803 - Flora Tristan (d.… Continue reading Women in History: April 7th
For the Week of 2nd April through 8th April: Rose Livingston is a woman so little known in the 21st century. In her time, she was a suffragist and advocate who strove to free prostitutes and other victims from the shackles of sexual slavery. She was known by the sobriquet of the Angel of Chinatown. A woman… Continue reading Woman of the Week: Rose Livingston
Events 1327 - Italian Petrarch first sees Laura de Noves, the woman who he immortalized in poetry, in mass at the Church of Saint Claire d'Avignon. Although not much is known to her, she was the wife of Count Hugues de Sade (the ancestor of the infamous Marquis de Sade) and she was said to be… Continue reading Women in History: April 6th
Jen Glantz’s “Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire)” isn’t my normal cup of tea but boy am I happy that I read it!
On the day of August 24th in the year of 1750, Maria Letizia Ramolino was born to Nobile Giovanni Geronimo Ramolino and Angela Maria Pietrasanta in Ajaccio, Corsica.
Events 1566 - Two hundred Dutchmen under Hendrick van Brederode hasten into the presence of Margaret of Parma and present the Petition of Compromise protesting against the Spanish Inquisition in the Seventeen Provinces. 1614 - Pocahontas, a Powhatan Native American marries John Rolfe, an English colonist. Together the couple would produce a son, Thomas Rolfe.… Continue reading Women in History: April 5th