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Monday, October 29, 2012

Gisela's Holiday Story now available as a free Kindle download

Download Gisela's Holiday Story to your Kindle for FREE from October 28th through November 1st.

Learn about All Saints Day and how many of our Halloween traditions today cam about. A perfect read for the upcoming holiday!

Gisela's Holiday Story is a beginning-chapter children's historical fiction book. The sequel to Gisela's Story, the book follows the adventures of Charlemagne's daughter Gisela.

This FREE download opportunity won't last long, so get your copy now. As of November 2nd, the price will go up to $0.99.

Tell all your friends and, please help us out by leaving a review for the book once you're finished.

Thank you and happy reading!

Take me to my FREE Kindle copy!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Medieval Maidens will be participating as one of the many vendors at the 2012 Amazing Baby and Child Expo from 11am-4pm on Saturday August 18th in Sykesville, Maryland.

Admission is free, though all attendees are encouraged to bring a can of food for charity.

Our stand will be manned by author and Medieval Maidens creator, Lois Jarman. Stop by, say hi, and learn more about Medieval Maidens and our line of history books, dolls, and accessories.

 We hope to see you there!

*All information can be found in the flyer above. Click the thumbnail to enlarge the image.

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Mary Series goes live on

The Mary series has just been made available on

Mary's Story and Mary's Holiday Story by Tiffany Jansen can now be purchased on for $5.11 each.

The Mary Series won the 2011 Creative Child Magazine "Book of the Year" award for history and education. They have also been reviewed by Alan Caruba of and Madeline McElroy at Reader Views Kids.

The Gisela's series is also available on Amazon. The other books in the Medieval Maidens series will be released at a rate of one series per year.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Mary series reviewed by Alan Caruba

The Mary books, Mary's Story and Mary's Holiday Story, by Tiffany Jansen were reviewed by Alan Caruba on his book review blog. The review appears about halfway through the post under "Books for Younger Readers." Here's what he had to say about the Mary Series:

"Tiffany Jansen offers girls in the third and fourth grades, ages 9 and younger, worthy role models while introducing them to medieval times. Published by Medieval Maidens ($5.95, Knoxville, MD, Two of this series feature Mary Tudor, a girl in the court of Henry VII of England who prepares for her sister’s Scottish wedding and feast. A second book is about the celebration of Twelfth Night. This is a highly entertaining way to learn about a past era."

Read the rest of his June 2012 picks here:

The Mary books can be purchased at the Medieval Maidens online store ( and will be available soon on

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Help Medieval Maidens fight Cystic Fibrosis

For the month of June 2012, Medieval Maidens will donate 20% of all sales to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF).

Our Medieval Maidens online store carries books detailing the lives of Gisela, Adele, Isabelle, Gevrehan, and Mary, who all lived during the Middle Ages and, in Mary's case, the Renaissance. We also have the Gisela doll for sale as well as Medieval outfits for any 18-inch doll. Purchases can be made via PayPal or by filling out and emailing or snail-mailing our online order form. and carry Gisela's Story and Gisela's Holiday Story.

No matter what you purchase or from where, 20% of your money will be donated to CFF.

In July, Medieval Maidens will announce the total amount make the donation over to CFF.

Here's some information on Cistic Fibrosis from the CFF website

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

  • clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
  • obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

People with CF can have a variety of symptoms, including:

  • very salty-tasting skin;
  • persistent coughing, at times with phlegm;
  • frequent lung infections;
  • wheezing or shortness of breath;
  • poor growth/weight gain in spite of a good appetite; and
  • frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movements.
About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.

More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.

More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.

The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30s.

Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure. Thanks to the dedication and financial backing of our supporters — patients, families and friends, clinicians, researchers, volunteers, individual donors, corporations and staff, we are making a difference.

For more information, visit:

Thank you for your support. Together, let's make a difference.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day

Happy May 1st!

Mayday was celebrated in the medieval times but began as a spring festival. The Romans began the celebration as a festival to honor Flora, the goddess of flowers.

In the Christian church, May was seen as the month of Mary, and flower bouquets were brought to churches to honor her.

Mayday is also known for Maypole dances. The Maypole dance is a type of folk dance where dancers circle around a pole. Sometimes long ribbons are attached to the pole and each dancer takes hold of a colorful ribbon.

Also during Mayday festivities, a Queen of May is usually crowned. May 1 originally marked the first day of summer. June 21st was known as midsummer.

In 16th century France, King Charles IX was given a lily of the valley as a good luck charm. He was so pleased with the idea that he began presenting lilies of the valley to all of the ladies of the court. The tradition of giving lilies of the valley on May 1 continues in France today.

May 1 is also the day celebrating workers in many European countries. It is similar to our Labor Day in the United States. In many of these countries today is a national holiday and people celebrate those in the work force.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Meet Gisela, Daughter of Charlemagne

Gisela was probably born sometime between 770 and 781. No birth date was ever recorded for her. She was the second or third daughter of King Charles of the Franks (Charlemagne) and his wife, Hildegard of Savoy. Gisela's mother was Charlemagne's first wife. Hildegard and Charlemagne had 6 children before Hildegard died.

Gisela was educated at Aachen, the site of Charles' castle. This town is located in Germany near the city of Bonn and close to the Rhine River. Her father was a very religious man and his chapel still stands today. Charlemagne believed in education and thought it important that his children be able to read and write.

Some girls were sent to monasteries to study, but Charlemagne had his daughters educated at home. Gisela would have more than likely been educated by Alcuin, an Anglo-Saxon scholar brought to the castle by her father. In her lessons, Gisela would have studied Latin. Most books were written in Latin. She would have written on wax tablets with a stylus.