15 Responses

  1. Jane B
    Jane B at |

    Nice List. Very interesting article, Didn’t expect that one.

  2. Sanjay Kaul
    Sanjay Kaul at |

    Very very Informative site. Keep it up.

  3. Beteltooth
    Beteltooth at |

    Look, this could have been quite interesting, but I found the the author’s need to include comment on the sex appeal of these long dead women an act of pathetic objectification. Why is it even relevant? How can it be judged? Sexist, misogynistic, purile and of no historical value whatsoever. That’s made me really angry.

    1. An
      An at |

      Yeah, very male-gazey. I notice the article on male knights doesn’t mention their sex appeal. They’re assuming only guys read the site.

    2. georgialake
      georgialake at |

      Beteltooth’s comment is spot on. The fact that there were sex appeal sections is really lacking in class.

  4. Dennis
    Dennis at |

    I would have put Joan of Arc at # 1 but a great list–Well written and interesting.

    1. David Fullam
      David Fullam at |

      Dam straight on Joan of Arc!

  5. Peter Boucher
    Peter Boucher at |

    # 4 Eleanor Of Aquitaine was amazingly put on film with the movie “The Lion In Winter” (1968) starring Katherine Hepburn as Eleanor, Peter O’ Toole and a young Sir Anthony Hopkins. Katherine won the Oscar for best actress for that movie.

    1. Tom
      Tom at |

      I agree, that is an awesome movie. Hepburn is terrific. I also liked Timothy Dalton’s portrayal as the King of France

  6. An
    An at |

    Couple more:

    Jeanne de Clisson: After King Philip of France unfairly executed her husband, she sold off his lands to buy warships which were painted black with red sails and started destroying the King’s fleets

    Madame de Montfort: John de Montfort’s wife who took over the war effort after his capture, led out her hometown’s army during Siege of Hennebont, got the townswomen to pour tar from the ramparts onto the waiting army, later sneaked her soldiers out of the back door to wipe out the invading army from behind

  7. Ben Dover
    Ben Dover at |

    Joan of Arc has to be #1, IMHO.

  8. Natalie
    Natalie at |

    Well Done and Very informational! Thank you for enlightening the readership of all 10 of these independent brilliant women of the European Middle Ages. I think that there are many people who have not heard of many of these assertive women. It is indeed very difficult to categorize them since each one brings inspiration to today’s women of all walks of life. The writing style of “current parlance” is easy to read, to enjoy and to understand.

  9. jane
    jane at |

    Thanks a lot for your interesting blog. I agree with your list entirely.

    I have been fond of Christine de Pisan for quite a while reading a lot about her life. In “Le livre de la Cite des Dames”, she mentions Anastaise praising her skills as an “enlumineresse or illuminator” .

    I advise you the reading of the ebook “Anastaise, the Sharpened medieval Quill” by Alice Warwick.
    The historical fiction deals with the “querelle du roman de la rose” and the ideas of Christine de Pisan and her role in the Court of King Charles VI.


    I love the painting of Beata Beatrix (painting 8b). It was painted in the XIXth century by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The latter was inspired by the love of the poet Dante Alighieri for his Beatrice.

    This period of the middle-ages inspired Gothic literature as you can find out in Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Gregory Lewis and the book: “The mysteries of the castle of Ightham” by Alice Warwick whose reference is :


  10. Dennis S
    Dennis S at |

    I agree 100%.

  11. Kailey Hanbourough
    Kailey Hanbourough at |

    This website is a great help, but with very old fashioned and offensive views. All I see is unpolished and misogynic views on the sex appeal of successful women in medieval times. Firstly, these women are dead and therefor it is not relevant or appropriate for one of the first sections you see to be about the sex appeal of each person. You should be treating these women with respect, and the fact that you don’t include the sex appeal category with your article about knights makes me sick. The information is great, and I can acknowledge you are trying to include humour but the way you make jokes on these women’s love lives and the way they look is uncalled for and frankly disgusting.


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