Madame Clapham’s Fashion

Emily McVitie was born in Cheltenham in 1865. She left school at a young age and went to Scarborough to serve as an apprentice dressmaker. Although starting with unimportant jobs, she learnt quickly and soon became a skilled dressmaker. Emily married Haigh Clapham in...

The Pendle Witches

When most people think of a notorious witch trial, their minds automatically go to Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. However, the title of the most influential trial in the 17th century goes to the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612. Twelve people were accused of witchcraft....

Elizabeth Woodville

Elizabeth Woodville was born in 1436 as the daughter of the widowed Jacquetta of Luxemburg and her second husband Sir Richard Woodville. She should be seen as one of the most prominent female figures in the War of the Roses; an English war between Yorkshire (the White...

Mary, Queen of Scots

  Mary Queen of Scots (December 1542 – February 1587) was queen of Scotland from 1542 to 1567 and queen consort of France from 1559 to 1560. She became queen of Scotland when she was just 6 days old, her father James V of Scotland had died from injuries...

Catherine Howard, Queen of England

Catherine Howard (c.1521/1525 – 1542)¬†was the fifth wife of King Henry VIII of England. She was the cousin of Henry‚Äôs second wife Anne Boleyn, through her father’s side (Lord Edmund Howard‚Äôs sister was Elizabeth Howard, Anne Boleyn‚Äôs mother). She...

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