Entries by Sarah Gristwood

10 Facts About The 16th Century ‘Game of Queens’

The Game of Queens was played out in deadly earnest. But that’s not to say that we – like these sixteenth-century women themselves – can’t have a little fun along the way! Here’s ten facts I found in my research that particularly struck me: 1 Anne de Beaujeu, regent of France, wrote a manual of […]

Game of Queens

The sixteenth century saw an explosion of female rule. Large swathes of Europe  – France, England, and the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, to say nothing of Hungary and Scotland – were at one time or another controlled by a woman, whether as regent, or as reigning queen or a female regent. Many of them were […]