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What's new: July 2021

This month’s update of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography adds 10 new articles focussed on the lives of medieval women ranging from Æthelflæd of Damerham, queen of England and wife of Edmund I, to the welsh poet Gwerful Mechain. Read the introduction here.

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

Roesia de Verdon [Verdun] (c. 1204–1247), was of an Anglo-Norman settler family, and the heiress to extensive lands across both Ireland and England. As a widow she erected a castle, at Castleroche in co. Louth, to defend her lands against Irish raiders. Castleroche became the focus of an extraordinary body of folklore, reflecting Roesia’s achievements as well as the fear and opprobrium directed towards powerful woman.

 

 

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JULY 8, 2021

What's New: July 2021

This month’s update of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography adds 10 new articles focussed on the lives of medieval women ranging from Æthelflæd of Damerham, queen of England and wife of Edmund I, to the welsh poet Gwerful Mechain. Read the introduction here.

JUNE 10, 2021

What's New: June 2021

This month’s update includes a survey of 300 ODNB lives connected with Coventry, UK City of Culture in 2021; and also links thirty-nine lives representing the West India interest, adding four new lives. Read the introduction and the survey of Coventry lives here.

MAY 13, 2021

What's New: May 2021

This month's update adds eighteen lives focused on Early Modern Women and particularly on the adaptions of underground Catholic lay culture in the face of religious turbulence and persecution in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Read the introduction here.