The Joys and Pitfalls of Researching Women’s History

The Freelance History Writer


A couple of years ago, out of the blue, an old friend put out a message she was looking for someone to co-write with her on her blog. The blog specialized in women’s history. Having been a history major in college and keeping history as a hobby most of my life, I was really intrigued. For many years, the books I read were histories and biographies, for the most part about women and written by women. I told my friend I was interested in writing with her and she set me up to get started.

At the time, I had just read two biographies of Emma of Normandy, the tenth century medieval queen whose first marriage was to the Anglo-Saxon King Aethelred the Unready, and secondly, she married Cnut, England’s Danish king. An enterprising woman for sure! One of the biographies was based on what scanty historical…

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About bemonzon

Historian, Educator. My areas of interest are medieval Spain and England, the history of medieval women, Catholicism, popular religion and Anglo-Spanish relations.
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