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Empowered Women of Southwest History – Mabel Dodge Luhan

Some people find empowerment through their passion. Other people find empowerment through what they do for mankind. Still others find empowerment through their search of self and belonging. Such is the case for Mabel Dodge Luhan, self-proclaimed Muse of the Arts. As an only child, Mabel Dodge Luhan grew up with wealth and privilege; two … Continue reading Empowered Women of Southwest History – Mabel Dodge Luhan

Empowered Women of Southwest History – Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe—a name synonymous with the beauty and mystique of the Southwest. O’Keeffe’s depiction of multicolored desert landscapes, sensuous enlarged flowers and animal skulls, white-washed from the harshness of the New Mexico sun, portray her passion for and enchantment of the American Southwest. Throughout her life in New Mexico, O’Keefe found solace, inspiration, and the … Continue reading Empowered Women of Southwest History – Georgia O’Keeffe

Queen Isabella of Castile, and the Mysterious Madness of Princess Juana

It is said, madness runs in families. While Isabella of Castile became one of the most powerful female monarchs the world would ever know, her daughter, Juana, could not seem to find empowerment at any time in her life, even when she became Queen of Castile. Suffering from bouts of ill temper, melancholia, jealous rages … Continue reading Queen Isabella of Castile, and the Mysterious Madness of Princess Juana

Mystery and Scandal – 3 Mysteries of Queen Victoria

When a female monarch rules for over 63 years, there is bound to be some scandal in association with her reign. Although Queen Victoria was known for her strict and stringent opinions on moral behavior, her reign, like many of those before and after, is tinged with mystery and social indiscretions. Mystery #1) Eddy Christened … Continue reading Mystery and Scandal – 3 Mysteries of Queen Victoria

Joan of Arc – Maid, Mystic, Heretic, Saint

What possessed, Joan of Arc, a normal, 15th century teenaged girl from a modest village, to travel for 11 days to tell the dauphin of France she needed to lead an an army to Orléans to save the country from English power? What possessed the dauphin to grant her request, against the advice of his … Continue reading Joan of Arc – Maid, Mystic, Heretic, Saint

Eleanor of Aquitaine – and the Mystery of Love and Incest

Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most sought after daughter in medieval Europe, became the most wealthy and powerful woman during the 12th and 13th centuries. At 12-13 years of age, Eleanor inherited the Duchy of Aquitaine when her father, William X, died. Orphaned, Eleanor came under the guardianship of King Louis VI of France. Three months … Continue reading Eleanor of Aquitaine – and the Mystery of Love and Incest

Catherine the Great – and the Murder of a Russian Tsar

Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, is known as one of the most empowered, successful, and longest-ruling women in history. She came to the throne at 33 years of age, and by using her political and intellectual acumen, expanded her empire to become one of the great powers of Europe. But how did she get … Continue reading Catherine the Great – and the Murder of a Russian Tsar

Elizabeth I and the Mysterious Death of Amy Robsart Dudley

For over 400 years, historians have been trying to discern the mysterious death of Amy Robsart and whether her husband, Robert Dudley, had anything to do with it. Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and Queen Elizabeth I played together as children, but their relationship may have deepened while both imprisoned in the Tower of London … Continue reading Elizabeth I and the Mysterious Death of Amy Robsart Dudley

Mary Queen of Scots – The Mystery of the Casket Letters

Did Mary, Queen of Scots, play a role in the death of her second husband, Lord Darnley? The mystery may never be solved. What would prompt a Queen, carrying the child of her husband, to kill him? According to history, the reasons are varied and some even say, sound. The evidence that put her life … Continue reading Mary Queen of Scots – The Mystery of the Casket Letters

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The Mystery of Catherine de Medici – Wicked or Empowered?

Orphaned only weeks after her birth, and passed around to several relatives before her internment  in several convents, Catherine de Medici had a rough start in life. Like most children of noble families, Catherine maintained little control over her destiny. Born into the powerful Italian Medici family, whose members included two Popes, Catherine, as an … Continue reading The Mystery of Catherine de Medici – Wicked or Empowered?