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Friday, March 30, 2012

In Her Own Words, with Medieval Maidens creator Lois Jarman

Our very own Lois Jarman (creator of Medieval Maidens and author of the Gisela, Gevrehan, Adele, and Isabelle series) was interviewed by Girl Scouts of Central Maryland for their "In Her Own Words" column.

Click the image below to read the interview.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mother and Daughter Team take Book of the Year 2010 and 2011

Jarman (left) and Jansen (right) are
recognized by Creative Child Magazine
 in 2010 and 2011, respectively 

Medieval Maidens, LLC is pleased to announce that Tiffany Jansen has been awarded the Creative Child Magazine 2011 Book of the Year award for children’s literature in the Historic and Educational books category for the Mary, Daughter of Henry VII book set.

In 2010, Tiffany’s mother, Lois Jarman, received the same award for the book set Gisela, Daughter of Charlemagne.

Entries in the Creative Child Magazine Toy Award program are evaluated by mothers and early education professionals during an annual two-day event in Nevada. The award winners are featured in the magazine’s annual Holiday issue which is released in November.
The mother-daughter team began the Medieval Maidens reading series in 2006. The young reader series has ten titles relating to five medieval princesses.

There is a Medieval Maidens badge series for Girl Scouts and the Jarman/Jansen team also created an after school reading curriculum for young girls that is used in Baltimore County.

For more information on the Medieval Maidens series visit the website

Friday, March 2, 2012

Meet Adele, Daughter of William the Conquerer

Adele was the daughter of William of Normandy (also known as William the Conquerer) and Matilda of Flanders. William eventually conquered England and became King there.

Adele was born around the year 1062 in Normandy, France. There are some sources that say William and Mathilda had 10 children, but others say nine. Because birthdates for girls were not always recorded, it is hard to be sure.

It is possible that her family spent some time in England after her father became king.

Adele was probably around four years old when her father left to invade England and conquer King Harold.

The invasion is depicted in a tapestry that was commissioned in 1077 by Adele's uncle, the Bishop Odo. It is known as the Bayeux Tapestry and is currently on display in a museum in Bayeux, France. It was more than likely made in a monastery in England. It was always a French traditional belief that the Queen was responsible for the production of the tapestry.

Adele was also able to read and was taught by various teachers. One of the first copies of the St. Alban Psalter was made especially for her. Many young girls and women read every day from their book of hours.

Adele lived to be 70-75 years-old, while one of her brothers lived to be 74. Very few people during Adele's time lived to be that old.

To find out more about Adele, visit