The duties of the young noble women would be to look after clothes and the assist ladies with their dressing and coiffure. Some housewifely duties such as preserving fruits and household management would be taught, to prepare them for their duties as a married woman. High ranking young women would take on the role of ladies-in-waiting and were taught French. Young noble women would also be taught the principles of the Medieval Code of Chivalry and Courtly Love and would join the spectators at jousting tournaments. However, then we had the outliers to this social normative behavior. Here women became powerful Queens, Countesses and Baronesses. Respected rulers, soldiers, knights, and commanders in their own right. They were artists, scholars, educators, builders, and bestowed with land and titles by royalty which was all outside normative social rules for noble women. Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland (1542-1587) was one such woman whose life provided tragedy and romance, more dramatic than any legend. Mary was found to be plotting against Elizabeth; letters in code, from her to others, were found and she was deemed guilty of treason. She was taken to Fotheringhay Castle and executed in 1587.
Pages in category "Noble Women"
The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total.
- Margaret de Audley, 2nd Baroness Audley
- Cerrina de Clare
- Isabel de Clare, 4th Countess of Pembroke
- Joan de Clare
- Mabel de Clare
- Margaret de Clare
- Maud de Clare, 5th Lady of Thomond
- Natalie de Clare, 4th Countess of Markland, DGK
- Rohese de Clare
- Cecily de Grey, 8th Baroness Harington
- Elizabeth de Montagu
- Katherine de Stafford