My Top Five Mary Queen of Scots Portrayals

Today I would like to count down my top five Mary Queen of Scots portrayals!  Number 5: Clemence Posey Gunpowder, Treason, Plot ~This mini-series had the first part focused on Mary and the second on her son.   I love that French actress Clemence Posey played Mary.   She does a good job, and the…

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Five Medieval Queens You Should Know!

Today I wanted to share with my readers five medieval queens I feel that everyone should know about!   This is not a count down list of the five best, but rather just a list of amazing queens!   I have listed the queens chronologically. Number 1: Matilda of Scotland (1080 –1118), Queen of Henry…

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Faerie Queens and Art

Faerie Queens have long been inspiration for artists.    They factor heavily into Celtic lore and legends.   Celtic culture itself heavily influenced the Arthurian Legends!   Arthurian legends would inspire many generations of artists. Edmund Spenser wrote the epic poem The Faerie Queene during the reign of Elizabeth I.   The poem is an…

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La Belle et la Bete

The old French fairytale of Beauty and the Beast is famous for its depictions of love breaking a curse.    This is a common theme amongst romantic fairytales.    In the tale a young woman goes willingly into a Beast’s castle in order to save her father, who has been imprisoned within.   He has…

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Rival Queens

In the times of Tudor rule in England there were two rival Queens, both with claims to the throne.    The first was Elizabeth I, Queen of England and daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.   The second was Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, and the great niece of Henry VIII (Mary’s grandmother was…

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The Faerie Melusine

The legend of the faerie Melusine has its roots in medieval France.    There are also German versions of the tale where she was called Melusina.   French tradition links Melusine with noble houses, and some medieval royals and nobles claimed decent from this faerie woman. The story of Melusine is one of a faerie…

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Nostradamus: Court Seer of France

In sixteenth century France there lived a great magician named Nostradamus.    We have all heard the name, and you can even read his predictions in books.   The truth is he really did live at the Royal Court of France in the sixteenth century during the reign of Henri II and Catherine de Medici.…

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