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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.
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.