Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt

Juana of Castile’s Baggage

by lizlehfeldt March 14, 2012
Juana of Castile's Baggage

By Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt (W&M Regular Contributor) Imagine being known to history as Juana “la Loca” or Juana “the crazy one.” That is heavy baggage to carry forward from the sixteenth century into the postmodern era.  Before she was Juana la Loca, she was Juana of Castile (1479-1555), the eldest surviving heir of the famous […]

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Congratulations, Hildegard!

by lizlehfeldt January 30, 2012
Congratulations, Hildegard!

By Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt (W&M Regular Contributor) Congratulations to Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)!  Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will recognize her as a Doctor of the Church in October of this year.  She will join the ranks of only thirty-three other individuals and she will be only the fourth woman to receive this […]

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The Cloister and Accounts Payable

by lizlehfeldt December 20, 2011
The Cloister and Accounts Payable

By Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt (W&M Regular Contributor) When I began doing research on early modern convents, one of my favorite finds in the archives was their account books.  At first glance they were impenetrable.  Only by spending hours paging through through them carefully did their internal logic reveal itself.  There is no double-entry bookkeeping, for […]

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An Unusual Political Marriage

by lizlehfeldt September 26, 2011
An Unusual Political Marriage

By Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Professor and Chair, History Department, Cleveland State University She was twenty-three years old when surprising news reached her in the city of Segovia in 1474.  Her half-brother, Enrique IV, the King of Castile, had died.  She was the lawful heir to his throne—the new sovereign ruler.  She was also married.  In […]

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