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Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick

Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick. He was known as "the Kingmaker." He and his father, Richard Earl of Salisbury, were prominent members of the Yorkist faction in the early years of the Wars of the Roses. Warwick was known as the Kingmaker because first he helped Edward IV take then throne, then deposed him in favour of Henry VI, and then put Edward on the throne again. He just did whatever he thought advanced himself and his family at the time.

Jeanette "Jennie" Jerome (1854-1921) was one of three pretty daughters of financier Leonard Jerome and his wife Clara. She married Lord Randolph Churchill, second son of the Duke of Marlborough. She had two children, Winston Churchill, the future prime minister, and John. She had many affairs during her marriage, including with King Edward VII. After her husband died, she married a man as young as her sons, which was very shocking for the time. She subsequently married an even younger…

Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury, father of Warwick the Kingmaker and brother of Cecily Neville, thus making him uncle to Edward IV, Richard III, and George of Clarence. As a prominent Yorkist, he participated in many of the early battles of the Wars of the Roses. He survived the battle of Wakefield, but he was captured by the Lancastrians the next day and executed. His head went up on a pike above a gate of York too.

Letter from Princess Mary to Jane Seymour, 1536 A letter from Princess Mary (Henry VIII’s daughter) to her stepmother Jane Seymour (third wife of Henry VIII). Dates to 1536, the year of Jane’s marriage to the king and when Mary and her father reconciled after she initially refused to recognise his first annulment, her illegitimate state and his position as head of the Church of England. Within the letter Mary thanks Jane for her aid and asks her to continue to speak well of her to the…

Margaret of Austria (10 January 1480 – 1 December 1530, aged 51) was, by her two marriages, Princess of Asturias and Duchess of Savoy, and was appointed Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands from 1507 to 1515 and again from 1519 to 1530. She had no children of her own, but raised the children of her brother Phillip and Joanna of Castile (including future Charles V and his sisters, who all became queens.)

“Stagecoach” Mary Fields (c. 1832-1914) was born a slave in Tennessee and following the Civil War, she moved to the pioneer community of Cascade, Montana. In 1895, when she was around 60 years old, Fields became the second woman and first African American carrier for the US Postal Service. Despite her age, she never missed a day of work in the ten years she carried the mail and earned the nickname “Stagecoach” for her reliability. Fields loved the job, despite the many...

Waris Dirie biography and accomplishments - Infibulated at the age of 3 in the name of tradition, Waris Dirie has made the fight against female genital mutilation the major combat of her life. She decided to talk publicly to the media about the female circumcision she was subjected to; She was later appointed as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations by Kofi Annan.

Southern Lady, Union Spy Elizabeth Van Lew was a well-born resident of Richmond, VA who built & operated an extensive spy ring for the United States during the American Civil War. Under the nose of the Confederate government, she gathered intelligence, hampered the Southern war effort, & helped scores of Union soldiers escape from Richmond prisons. A Northern sympathizer in the Confederate capital, she led what one historian called "the most productive espionage operation of the Civil War."