In Search Of a medieval woman depicted speaking to a man

June 21, 2020 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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(In Search Of was an old tv series hosted/narrated by Leonard Nimoy which dealt with paranormal events, historic mysteries, etc., for those who don’t get the reference.)

Anyway, I have updated my peace book for children, A Map and a Mule, A Peace Story of Queen Isabel of Portugal, with a few additional illustrations. (Link to it in the bar at right.)

One illustration I wanted was that of a woman in the Middle Ages speaking to several men; this would depict Isabel encouraging her husband, King Dennis, to make peace with Castile and set the southeast border of Portugal with no further warfare between the two (which she in fact successfully did). Since I use primarily historical images of Isabel herself, and other period artworks, that was what I was looking for; but zounds, such things were hard to find.

An internet search of “woman speaking to men” tended to come up with items like this:

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i.e, no men; or this:

i.e., no women. It was hard to find an illustration of a woman speaking to men as equals (because, obviously, women were not considered equals, I know; but wouldn’t you think there would be at least a few depictions out there of queens addressing men in a court? Joan of Arc saying something to her generals?).

What I ended up using was this:

Which happens to be a painting of Isabel herself, with Dennis, and it looks great because he appears to be listening to her; but in reality he might just be silently checking out flowers:

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The story here is: King Dennis, in his younger days, supposedly, would get upset with Isabel because she gave away alms and food so often to the poor. He confronted her one day, when he saw her doing this, but she told him she had flowers, not food; this was a lie, but the food she’d been carrying in the folds of her skirt miraculously changed to flowers, so she was off the hook. This is the 18th Century painting O Milagre Das Rosas by Andre Goncalves.

OR it could actually be Isabel telling the king and two of his ministers to relax about the Portugal-Spain border and put the issue to bed already.

Isabel of Portugal on her mule

June 17, 2020 at 3:05 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Queen Isabel of Portugal rides on a mule between the armies of her husband, on one side, and their own son (yep), on the other; Alvalade, Portugal, 1323. She stops the battle. Sweet.

A peace story for children: A Map and a Mule, new Kindle version

June 3, 2020 at 12:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve finally composed a Kindle version of this book, in addition to the original paperback.

Queen Isabel of Portugal (1271-1336) is credited by historians for advocating for peace between Portugal and Spain throughout her adult life; she helped established the current border between them, and she single-handedly stopped a major battle between her husband and their son (that’s right).

Link to Amazon listing:

José Figueres abolishes the armed forces of Costa Rica

February 27, 2019 at 1:49 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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All of these screens are on a facebook page:

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José Figueres abolishes the armed forces of Costa Rica – part fourteen

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14 - Panama

José Figueres abolishes the armed forces of Costa Rica – part thirteen

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13 - 1848

José Figueres abolishes the armed forces of Costa Rica – part twelve

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12 - Constitution

José Figueres abolishes the armed forces of Costa Rica – part eleven

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José Figueres abolishes the armed forces of Costa Rica – part ten

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José Figueres abolishes the armed forces of Costa Rica – part nine

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9 - war of national liberation

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