I am a historical fiction author, my latest works concentrating on the transitional period of the Wars of the Roses and the Tudor court.
One of the great tragedies of history is that monastic chroniclers didn't believe women were important enough to be given space on the record. This has caused women to be under-represented and, in my opinion, also often incorrectly categorised. The male section of medieval society tried to suppress their women but not all of them bowed down to male authority. In every era you will find women who fought battles, for their country, for their lives, or for the sake of their children.
There were women like Aethelflaed who ruled Mercia for thirty four years, led armies against the vikings, refortified the Roman towns of Chester and Tamworth, founded Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Warwick and Stafford. Eleanor of Aquitaine who, among other things, ruled England on behalf of her son, King Richard I until he could claim his throne. Margaret of Anjou who fought unsuccessfully for her son's rights, and Margaret Beaufort whose campaign to put her son Henry VII on the throne was rather more successful. Katherine Parr and Katherine of Aragon who ruled triumphantly as regents while Henry VIII fought in France. Mary Banks who, along with her daughters and a handful of servants, withstood a siege at Corfe castle on behalf of King Charles during the civil war.
These are just a few examples of women who moved outside their prescribed role and they are the type of women you will find in my novels.
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