House of Mathilda….
More about that later!
Admittedly, I’ve fancied myself as a “royal” of sorts since about 1981.
During that time, my mother used to refer to me as Lady Di because she clearly thought that I regarded her as a servant!
But don’t all children tend to see their mothers in that way?
Anyway, at that time, one of my favorite singers was Teena Marie who also used the title “Lady” …as in Lady T.
With both of these things in mind, I just ran with it and started doodling the name Lady G.
And, with that, Lady G was “born.”
After starting this blog, I was fortunate enough to meet a whole new group of wonderful friends.
One of these included an awesome writer by the name of R J Llewellyn. Most of you guys may know him as “Roger” or “Woebegone but Hopeful”—he is the founder and chief writer for his own blog, Heroically Bad Writer….which is ironic because he is anything but. He also has a couple of really good books on Amazon!
Anyway, I became a huge fan of his uproarious series, “A True History of These Isles”, which retells the history of The United Kingdom.
That said, I often joked with him about the many historic characters that were featured.
One set of characters, in particular, included a couple of royals named Mathilda.
To me, they were sooooo badass!
When I told Roger that, he responded that I embodied that same spirit of badassity!
Of course, after a good laugh, Roger started referring to me as Lady G or Lady Gwin, House of Mathilda or Matilda!
Either spelling is acceptable.
Now you know!
No doubt, that’s a brief synopsis of events, but here is the PROCLAMATION with a preface, as written by RJ Llewellyn:
My research when writing my two volumes of ‘The History of These Isles’ led me to conclude that whereas many folk impacted upon the history of these isles, not enough consideration was given to the ‘Age of the Matildas’
This period took place during the reign of Stephen I (1092/6 – 25 October 1154), when his right to the throne was contested by the daughter of his predecessor Henry I, she being Empress Matilda.
A great struggle took place, Matilda being a stalwart and tough foe. When Stephen was captured his rule was kept in place by his equally determined wife Matilda of Boulogne. Thus did these two strong women hold the reigns of powers for some time and made a more constructive effort than the men who just hit each other and the peasants.
It should also be noted that the powerful King David I of Scotland was married to Matilda of Huntingdon (one of her children becoming a saint).
This writer concludes it is undeniable these were women of striking character and ability.
Thus when considering the scope in depth of achievements in Life of Family, Profession and Blog, the Lady Gwin of Best Blog it must be stated by this historian The Lady Gwin has displayed similar qualities of determination, skill and forbearance, added to which she has a sense of humour, possibly lacking in these aforementioned formidable ladies.
Therefore by the powers vested in me as an Historian it is with all solemnity and gladness that I, Roger Jacob, writing as R J Llewellyn, do this day 19th December in the year 2018 do proclaim as follows:
From the date of The Lady Gwin of Best Blog’s 50th Birthday, let it be known she may with all truth and dignity bear the title Lady Gwin; Honour’d Lady of the House of Matildas (And Mathildas) by proclamation and efforts. And from that date bear herself as a true Matilda or Mathilda as she so see fit.
Laudo et congratulor.