La Reine Margot, Part Two

by Heather R. Darsie In case you missed on Tudors Dynasty Life continued to take dramatic turns for Margot after she wed Henry of Navarre. Though she saved his life during the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, she did not care for his Huguenot religion.  Marguerite’s three surviving brothers, King Charles IX, Henry, and Francis (originally named Hercule Francis) used Margot in their various plots. Portrait of … Continue reading La Reine Margot, Part Two

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Philip II of Spain, King of Ireland

by Heather R. Darsie In case you missed it on http://queenanneboleyn.com/2017/06/07/philip-ii-spain-king-ireland-heather-r-darsie/ On 7 June 1555, the new Pope Paul IV, who was elected 23 May 1555, issued a papal bull conferring the title of “King of Ireland” on Philip II of Spain.  Philip was twenty-seven years old in July 1554 when he married Mary I of England at Winchester Cathedral. Because of that marriage, Philip was … Continue reading Philip II of Spain, King of Ireland

From the Bestiary: Salamander

by Heather R. Darsie The salamander was regarded as one of the most dangerous beasts alive. The Bestiary states, “The salamander is so called because of its proof against fire; it is the most poisonous of all creatures.” The message is clear: if one sees a salamander, go the other way! This cold animal is nothing but trouble. Kongelige Bibliotek, Gl. kgl. S. 1633 4º, … Continue reading From the Bestiary: Salamander

La Reine Margot, Part I

by Heather R. Darsie As previously seen on Tudors Dynasty Born on 14 May 1553, Marguerite, affectionately known by her nickname of Margot, was the seventh child and third daughter of Henri II of France and Catherine de’ Medici. Margot spent her early life being raised alongside her sisters Claude and Elisabeth. Margot was particularly good with languages, excelling at the international language of Latin, along … Continue reading La Reine Margot, Part I

Desiderius Erasmus, an Exceptional Mind

by Heather R. Darsie Erasmus: his name is synonymous with humanism, education, and intelligence. Across Northern Europe several Erasmus programs exist at universities, so students may pursue their studies at multiple universities and in multiple languages. During his lifetime, Erasmus corresponded with such notable people as Sir Thomas Moore and John Colet. Erasmus assisted Hans Holbein in his quest to move to England and influenced … Continue reading Desiderius Erasmus, an Exceptional Mind