Martha Bayless in Around the O: Historian's New Project Takes a Deeper Look at Queenly Slander

Most historians have chosen to ignore a certain early English queen, because all historical accounts of her life are full of salacious stories about sex and scandal, stories that are so dramatic they are obviously untrue.

Which is exactly why UO historian Martha Bayless believes she is worth studying.

Bayless is working on a new research project about the history of accusations against powerful women, including Queen Eadburh, an eighth-century queen of England and the subject of much historical slander. Her project will analyze how those historical narratives have shaped cultural conversations about powerful women today.

Read more at Around the O