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?
Hildegard of Bingen, born in the 11th century, is one of the most important female figures in history. Her visions, writings, and direct communications with God makes her also one of the most mysterious and empowered women of all time. Since the early 20th century, with feminism and women’s studies on the rise, Hildegard of … Continue reading Hildegard of Bingen – Empowered Mystic of Mystery and History
What did a woman in history do when she had no control over her life? If strong and empowered, she rebelled. Sometimes in a big way, and sometimes as a detriment to herself. One such woman was Elisabeth, Empress of Austria. Born, Her Royal Highness Duchess Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie, in Munich, Bavaria 1837, Elisabeth grew … Continue reading Empress Elisabeth of Austria – Her Own Woman
Much of the history of Boudica, the warrior Queen of the Iceni, is shrouded in mystery. The Iceni were an ancient Celtic tribe or kingdom that lay on the eastern shores of England. Sources agree that Boudica was born in AD 25 to a royal family. They also agree that she rose to power and … Continue reading The 5 Mysteries of Boudica – Warrior Queen
Fashion icon, military leader, murderer. Few women can lay claim to all three titles, but Cleopatra was no ordinary woman. Born in 30 B.C.E., Cleopatra, who ruled Egypt for 21 of her 39 years, was a woman of great beauty and style. She was also a fierce leader who craved power and control. Among many other … Continue reading Cleopatra – Fashion Icon, Military Leader, Murderer
The power of words is a wonderful thing. How often do you get lost in a novel and some line or passage knocks the wind out of you and makes you want to read it again . . . and again? Here are some of my favorite passages from some of my favorite novels. I … Continue reading The Power of Words
With all of London’s elite flocking to share time with Mrs. Langtry, she made some famous and influential friends. One of the closest in her circle was the flamboyant and eccentric Irish poet and play-write Oscar Wilde, who deemed her the “New Helen.” He said of her, “Yes, it was for such ladies that Troy … Continue reading A Jersey Lilly – Part Two
March is Women’s History Month! In honor of the occasion, I will be reposting some of my previous articles about women who’ve helped pave the way for empowered women everywhere. Here is a two part article I published in June of 2012 about Lillie Langtry, also known as The Jersey Lilly–a social climbing powerhouse who … Continue reading A Jersey Lilly
The ethereal beauty, Olive Thomas, is the inspiration for one of the secondary characters in my novel, Grace in the Wings, a Daphne du Maurier unpublished contest winner. The novel is the first book in a mystery series that is currently being shopped by my agent for purchase. Sophia Michelle is the older sister … Continue reading Tragic Beauty Olive Thomas
If you have always wanted to write a book but haven’t started yet, you might wonder what does it take? One of the things you have to ask yourself is WHY you want to write a book. Is it because you have a good idea or have a message you want to share with the … Continue reading Writing A Book: What Does it Take?