philippa of hainault queen of england

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MY TOP 10 QUEEN CONSORTS OF SCOTLAND & ENGLAND (11-16TH CENTURY)

Margaret of Wessex, Queen of Scotland (1070-1093) • Matilda of Scotland, Queen of England (1100-1118) • Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of England (1154-1189) • Margaret of England, Queen of Scotland (1251-1275) • Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England (1328-1369) • Joan Beaufort, Queen of Scotland (1424-1437) • Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of England (1464-1483) • Elizabeth of York, Queen of England (1486-1503) • Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland (1503-1513) • Anne Boleyn, Queen of England (1533-1536)

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history edit: 

 Philippa of Hainault, Queen Consort of England 

“The lady whom we saw has not uncomely hair, betwixt blue-black and brown. Her head is cleaned shaped; her forehead high and broad, and standing somewhat forward. Her face narrows between the eyes, and the lower part of her face is still more narrow and slender than the forehead. Her eyes are dark. Her nose is fairly smooth and even, save that is somewhat broad at the tip and flattened, yet it is no snub nose. Her nostrils are also broad, her mouth fairly wide. Her lips somewhat full and especially the lower lip…all her limbs are well set and unmaimed, and nought is amiss so far as a man may see. Moreover, she is brown of skin all over, and much like her father, and in all things she is pleasant enough, as it seems to us.”

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Philippa of Hainault
Queen consort of England 24 January 1328 – 15 August 1369
The lady whom we saw has not uncomely hair, betwixt blue-black and brown. Her head is clean-shaped; her forehead high and broad, and standing somewhat forward. Her face narrows between the eyes, and the lower part of her face is still more narrow and slender than her forehead. Her eyes are blackish-brown and deep. Her nose is fairly smooth and even, save that it is somewhat broad at the tip and also flattened, and yet it is no snub-nose. Her nostrils are also broad, her mouth fairly wide. Her lips somewhat full, and especially the lower lip. Her ears and chin are comely enough. Her neck, shoulders, and all her body are well set and unmaimed; and nought is amiss so far as a man may see. Moreover, she is brown of skin all over, and much like her father; and in all things she is pleasant enough, as it seems to us. And the damsel will be of the age of nine years on St. John’s day next to come, as her mother saith. She is neither too tall nor too short for such an age; she is of fair carriage, and well taught in all that becometh her rank, and highly esteemed and well beloved of her father and mother and of all her meinie, in so far as we could inquire and learn the truth.

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Excerpt taken from a report that survives in Bishop Stapeldon’s register, headed: Inspection and Description of the Daughter of the Count of Hainault, Philippa by name.

“The lady whom we saw has not uncomely hair, betwixt blue-black and brown. Her head is cleaned shaped; her forehead high and broad, and standing somewhat forward. Her face narrows between the eyes, and the lower part of her face is still more narrow and slender than the forehead. Her eyes are dark. Her nose is fairly smooth and even, save that is somewhat broad at the tip and flattened, yet it is no snub nose. Her nostrils are also broad, her mouth fairly wide. Her lips somewhat full and especially the lower lip…Her ears and chin are comely enough. Her neck, shoulders and all her body and lower limbs are reasonably well shapen; all her limbs are well set and unmaimed, and nought is amiss so far as a man may see. Moreover, she is brown of skin all over, and much like her father, and in all things she is pleasant enough, as it seems to us…and well taught in all that becometh her rank and highly beloved of her father and mother and of all her meinie, in so far as we could inquire and learn the truth.”

European queens' signs
  • Aries: Catherine de Medici
  • Taurus: Catherine the Great
  • Gemini: Queen Victoria
  • Cancer: Philippa of Hainault
  • Leo: Anna of Bohemia and Hungary
  • Virgo: Elizabeth I
  • Libra: Mary of Modena
  • Scorpio: Marie Antoinette
  • Sagittarius: Catherine of Aragon
  • Capricorn: Empress Elisabeth of Austria
  • Aquarius: Mary I
  • Pisces: Blanche of Castile
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Top 10 Favorite Historical Female Figures in History: (Requested by Anonymous & Not in Order).

1. Artemisia I of Caria: She was the ruler of Helicarnassus and Cos, and was a commander of 5 ships during a naval battle (Battle of Salamis) in 480 B.C during the 2nd Persian Invasion of Greece. She was famous enough to warrant the Greeks ordering her capture which did not occur.

2. Philippa of Hainault: She was the Queen of England as consort to Edward III. She was a wise and competent Queen, serving as regent on behalf of her husband during his war campaigns. She also famously pleaded for mercy in 1347 for the lives of the Burghers of Calais and was successful.

3. Margaret I of Denmark: She ruled as regent on behalf of her son Denmark, and then later Norway and Sweden. Margaret was a successful ruler and was in power even after her son came of age. Her political maneuverings and warfare lead to the Kalmar Union in 1397 which bound the three countries together until the early 16th century.

4. Margaret of Anjou: She was the Queen of England as consort to Henry VI. With the decline of her husband, her power increase and when he was deposed she fought on behalf of him and her son, Edward of Westminster, successfully re-installing them in 1470 though they were deposed the following year. Margaret was a ruthless yet formidable foe even though in the end, she suffered defeat.

5. Isabella I of Castile: She was the Queen Regnant of Castile and Leon and consort in Aragon as the wife of Ferdinand II of Aragon. She was a successfully ruler, establishing a joint rule with her husband in which she shares the accomplishments which included the end of the Reconquista when Granada fell in 1492, and sending Christopher Columbus to the New World.

6. Caterina Sforza: A ruthless and powerful Italian Noblewoman and through marriage the Countess of Forli and the Lady of Imola. She also served as regent on behalf of her son. A passionate war woman, she even once attacked a fortress, while she was heavily pregnant. She is infamous for her defiance against Cesare Borgia at the Siege of Forli.

7. Katherine of Aragon: The Queen of England as the consort and 1st wife of Henry VIII of England. She served as regent in England in 1513 and was the first female ambassador in Europe. When her husband proceeded with trying to obtain and annulment, Katherine defied him every step of the way until the very end of her life.

8. Mary I of England: She was the only child of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon that survived into adulthood. During her parents troubles, she sided with her mother, refusing to give up until after her mother’s death in 1536. She was the first Queen Regnant in England, and she was able to hold her position until her death. She is most widely known for restoring the Catholic Church during her reign.

9. Anna Nzinga: Anna Nzinga also known by her full name of Ana de Sousa Nzingha Mbande, was Queen of Ndongo and Matamba. Her reign was long, and during it she engaged in conflict with the Portuguese. She is known for her political acumen, and military prowess, dying at the age of 80 in 1663.

10. Catherine the Great: The 18th century Empress of Russia, who continued the modernization of Russia. She came to power after a coup in which her husband was deposed. Under her reign, the border of Russia expanded, arts, education, and literature was supported, and her reign was known as the Golden Age of Russia. 

Note: I made this post on my old account, so this is a repost, but I have changed the gifs.

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The children of Philippa of Hainault & Edward III

  • Edward, the Black Prince (1330–1376)
  • Isabella of England, Lady of Coucy (1332–1379)
  • Joan of England (1335–1348)
  • William of Hatfield (16 February – 8 July 1337)
  • Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence (1338–1368)
  • John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster (1340–1399)
  • Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York (1341–1402)
  • Blanche (b and d. 1342)
  • Mary of Waltham (1344–1362)
  • Margaret, Countess of Pembroke (1346–1361)
  • Thomas of Windsor (1347–1348)
  • William of Windsor (24 June 1348 – 5 September 1348)
  • Anne (b and d. 1351)
  • Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester (1355–1397)

magical-girl-ilex  asked:

trick or treat? (and happy halloween!)

Originally posted by gypsyastronaut

Happy Halloween! Let’s see what you’ve got…

Ooh, a recipe for Rosemary-Orange Beef! This is from Patricia Telesco’s A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook, and its noted magical attributes are easing melancholy, encouragement in abundance (especially in love), faithfulness, and dependable financial means.

You’ll need:

  • 1 lb. beef, cubed
  • 2 cups mixed cut vegetables, any kind
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup beef broth
  • 1/ cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups cooked rice

First you’ll fry the beef and vegetables in the butter until the beef is thoroughly cooked, then transfer the beef and veggies to a bowl and leave the butter in the pan.

Mix the cornstarch in the butter until you have a paste, then slowly stir in the broth (a bit at a time) until it’s smooth.

At this point, you’ll wanna make sure you’ve got the heat on low, and stir in the orange juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and rosemary. Cook until a medium-thick sauce is formed, and do not stop stirring that fucker until it happens. (Those are my words, not hers, btw!)

Add your beef, vegetables, and the orange, and cook for another five minutes. 

Serve it over the rice and garnish with your leftover orange peel!

Patricia Telesco notes:

The Countess of Hainault, whose daughter was Queen Philippa of England, believed that rosemary would bring cheer to any heart, keep away evil spirits, and help insure fidelity between people. At this time oranges were rare and were a symbol of affluence.

Edward and Philippa spent Christmas 1360 at Woodstock with their sons and daughters and the King of France. Here Edward wore a coat he had specially commissioned. It was made of black satin embroidered in gold and silk thread with the image of a woodbine – a climbing plant, such as ivy and honeysuckle – and bearing the motto in gold lettering Skyer as ye Wodebynd (Clinging like the woodbine). This is the fourth and last of Edward’s known mottoes, and in many ways it is the most mysterious. […] Without further evidence, it is impossible to be certain, but it seems that this motto is Edward’s on comment on himself and his queen: a reflection on his career and the part she has played in his success. She had been the tree around which he had climbed, twisting like ivy. She was like a pillar to him, a source of courage and self-confidence despite his wanderings and adventures, and had been ever since the day they married. His open appreciation of her loyalty and support after more than thirty years is touching, and inclines us to see the kindness and gratitude of the man. But the motto is also interesting in that Edward clearly compares himself to the searching, questioning woodbine. This is apt; since that frightened, lonely boy-king under Mortimer’s dominance, Edward had been feeling his way like the climbing ivy. […] He had always been searching for the way to be a great king, and now that he was one, he realised that it had only been possible due to the consistent and devoted support of Queen Philippa. She had been the strong emotional foundation for his experiment in kingship.

– I. Mortimer, The Perfect King, p. 344.  

For all the children who lived and loved her, Philippa never forgot the dead babies who had gone straight from her arms to heaven: and from the death of little Blanche one notices immediately a more sober gravity in her demeanour, no lack of tenderness to all dependent upon her, but an acceptance of middle age, and an increased determination to fill her days with work and thought for others. Her characteristic Flemish motto, Ich wrude muche (I work hard), seems to have inspired her greatly about this time, and the further sadness brought upon her by the news of her mother’s death worked a good deal of change in Philippa’s mind. In a sense Edward may be said never to have grown up; he remained more or less a boy all his life; but Philippa’s love for him, like that of all good and wise women for the men who adore them, became more and more protective as the years passed on.

– B. C. Hardy, Philippa of Hainault and Her Times, pp. 135-6.  

Do not say anything. I know I’m corny. But… who cares.

Philippa of Hainault + Edward III + personal mottoes

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Royal Birthdays for today, June 24th:

Henry I, Landgrave of Hesse, 1244

Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England, 1314

Joan of Valois, Queen of Navarre, 1343

Elizabeth of Denmark, Electress of Brandenburg, 1485

William IV, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, 1532

Joanna of Austria, Princess of Portugal, 1535

Alexandra Nikolaevna, Russian Grand Duchess, 1825

Mercedes of Orleans, Queen of Spain, 1860

George, Prince of Greece and Denmark, 1869

David Bagration, Prince of Georgia, 1976

On this day in history, 3d of May 1415, birth of Cecily Neville in Raby Castle,Durham. The location of her arrival, and the family into which she was born, immediately marked her above the majority of her fifteenth-century contemporaries. The impressive towers and setting of Raby, its very size and scale, were a suitable location for the birth of a woman who would come to consider herself ‘queen by rights’, whose family would come to conquer and rule the land. It was a bloodline that derived from Norman France, where significant years of Cecily’s life would be passed, as the duchess of the realm’s lieutenant.

Cecily was the youngest child of a very significant dynasty. Her ancestors had been based at Neuville-sur-Touques, just over 100 miles to the immediate west of Paris -;while other sources cite a village named Calle de Neu Ville as their home. They derived their surname from the place of their birth as far back as the ninth century.Nevilles were among those thousands of men who crossed the Channel to England in 1066. Occupying a heavily wooded site, with marshland surrounding them, they fought from morning until dusk until the English King Harold was killed. William the Conqueror rewarded his men; many received lands and titles, so they settled and married into local families. Cecily’s ancestors came from one such eleventh-century success story, starting with a Richard de Novavilla,whose mother was a cousin of the Conqueror and whose uncle, Foulk d’Anjou, provided forty ships for the fleet of 1066. Cecily’s maternal grandparents were John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster and Katherine Swynford. John of Gaunt was the thrid survivng son of Edward III of England and queen Philippa of Hainault. By her mother, Cecily was the niece of king Henry IV of England

When Cecily was born on 3 May 1415, her mother, Joan, was thirty-six. Married for the first time at the age of twelve, she had borne her first child two years later and gone on to deliver fifteen more over the next twenty-two years.The baby girl arrived into a sprawling family, a network of children multiplied by second marriages. She had ten half-brothers and sisters and nine surviving full siblings.

Cecily would marry Richard Plantagenet, 3d Duke of York, a great-grandson of King Edward III. She was mother to most notable Margaret Duchess of Burgundy, Edmund Earl of Rutland, George Duke of Clarence, Elizabeth Duchess of Suffolk, Anne Duchess of Exeter and the Kings Edward IV and Richard III.

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Pictured: Joan Beaufort Neville with her daughters, from the illumination in the Neville Book of Hours (Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, Paris: MS Latin 1158, f. 34v, c. 1425-1432

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To be a queen and wear a crown is a thing more glorious to them that see it, than it is pleasant to them that bear it. 

Queen Consorts of England from 1066-1603. [kings] + [insp.]