Category Archives: Marie de Guise

Dangerous Women

Last month, I wrote an article for the Dangerous Women Project. The project asked what it means to be a “dangerous woman” (partly in response to such an accusation aimed at Scotland’s First Minister in 2016). Some of the most dangerous women I could think of were the prostitutes of Renaissance Florence, and so I wrote a piece about them.

The article comes out of my academic work and written for a general audience. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

You can read it here, along with a whole host of other fascinating posts about dangerous women. There are posts about all sorts of women, from past to present. Of particular interest are posts on Anne Boleyn, Mary Queen of Scots, and her mother Marie de Guise.

Lucas Cranach, The Peasant and the Prostitute

Lucas Cranach, The Peasant and the Prostitute

You can no doubt imagine my interest in this project: Dangerous Women is pretty close to Infamous Women! As the lack of posting here shows, I’ve found it very difficult to juggle this blog with academic research. It’s great to see others working on similar themes. I was especially happy to see how many people wrote about historical women for the Dangerous Women Project. I think this indicates how interested people are in women’s history, and how relevant it is even hundreds of years after the events we study.