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What's new: December 2022

This month’s update features new articles on seventeen women active in the medieval and early modern periods, all of whom were royal or aristocratic wives, with an introduction by Louise Wilkinson. The lives include Gytha of Wessex, Isabella de Briouze, princess of Wales, Alice de Lacy, countess of Lancaster, Blanche of Lancaster, Margaret Paston, and Anne Herbert, countess of Pembroke. Read the introduction here.

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de Verdon [Verdun], Roesia (c. 1204–1247), noblewoman

The noblewoman Roesia de Verdon [Verdun] was heiress to her family’s extensive lands in England and Ireland. After the deaths of her husband and father she was able to manage her lands as she saw fit. In about 1240 she founded the Augustinian priory of Grace Dieu in Leicestershire, where she was buried.

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DECEMBER 8, 2022

What's New: December 2022

This month’s update features new articles on seventeen women active in the medieval and early modern periods, all of whom were royal or aristocratic wives, with an introduction by Louise Wilkinson. The lives include Gytha of Wessex, Isabella de Briouze, princess of Wales, Alice de Lacy, countess of Lancaster, Blanche of Lancaster, Margaret Paston, and Anne Herbert, countess of Pembroke. Read the introduction here.

NOVEMBER 10, 2022

What's New: November 2022

This month’s update features new and extended lives of eight women connected with the Pre-Raphaelite movement, whether as artists, models, studio assistants, or partners, with an introduction by Jan Marsh. The lives include Georgiana Burne-Jones, Emma Sandys, Rebecca Solomon, Catherine Madox Brown (later Hueffer), and Maria Zambaco. Read the introduction here.

OCTOBER 19, 2022

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