Queens at War: A Few Thoughts

March is Women’s History Month, and we thought it would be interesting to put a twist on one of last year’s most popular themes: historic queens. So, may we present the theme of the month for March 2019 at Gazette665? Queens at War.

Each Friday, we’ll introduce you to a historic queen, her life, the war[s] she was involved in, whether she got the country involved in conflict or she got caught in the middle, and how she attempted to lead. We’ll mention queens who went to battle and ones who fought the war through diplomacy and homefront efforts, leaving the actual battlefields to generals or the king. Continue reading

10 Things You Should Know About Queen Margaret of Anjou

Queen Margaret of Anjou is a controversial queen in English History. Depending who wrote the account and which politics were preferred, she was either depicted as an awful woman or a noble character. It’s safe to say she was determined.

Here are ten things you’ll want to know about this queen who rallied armies to the battlefields to fight for the crown and who serves as a reminder that life doesn’t always turn out the way we’d like:

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10 Things You Should Know About Queen Philippa of Hainault

This queen’s power as Regent of England and her influence on the court and country are often overshadowed by the military happenings and disease sweeping through Europe during her lifetime. Queen Philippa of England has been “lost” in many history books, and even her image may have been significantly altered through the centuries.

Today, we’ll uncover ten things you should know about this remarkable queen: Continue reading

10 Things You Should Know About Berengaria of Navarre

If history books mention this queen at all, it’s often only to repeat the legend with a little truth that she was Queen of England, but never set foot on English soil. How did that happen? Or did it?

Read on to discover ten important facts about this remarkable woman, the legends and shadows of her history, and the known details of her life and brief reign as England’s “unseen” queen. Continue reading

Reformation500: Reformers After Luther

When we started this month’s theme, I wrote about a couple of “reformers” before Martin Luther and before 1517. Today’s post looks beyond Luther and briefly introduces some other reformers. In Luther’s biography, we noted that he didn’t always get along with other reformers very well, but each of these historical figures influenced the arrival or strengthening of Protestant faith in his own region or country – whether or not Luther knew about, liked, or even fully agreed with them.

Martin Luther had an important impact on religious and world history, but in my opinion he’s not the only reformer we should remember. Zwingli, Tyndale Calvin, and Knox, along with many others, all made significant contributions to beliefs and history.  Continue reading

13 Things To Know About Martin Luther

This week we’ve rounded up thirteen things to know about Martin Luther from the biographies we’ve been reading. This post is not a comprehensive biography but hopefully will give you some conversation points or historical facts to share with family and friends as we remember Reformation500 – five hundred years since the Protestant Reformation began.

Martin Luther wasn’t perfect. No one is. Rather, his life is an example of how men of faith can change the world and how imperfect humans can be used in a divine plan. Continue reading