‘The Roundabout Queen’: How Phyllis Lamphere Helped Shape Seattle

The Seattle Times described her “earthy sophistication and humor,” “highly expressive face,” and “mastery of words. By Bob Young Minnie Hagmoe was always inspiring her daughter Phyllis. Plucky and adventurous, Minnie became the breadwinner when her alcoholic husband went missing. Like her relatives, she worked for the City of Seattle, where her long career included[…]

The Renaissance Queen Who Defied the Holy Roman Emperor

Queen Bona helps us understand how elite Renaissance women acquired, maintained, and negotiated power. Among the women of the European Renaissance, Bona Sforza is often stereotyped similarly to her aunt – the fabulous Lucrecia Borgia – as a dangerous and meddling femme fatale. Bona Sforza was the daughter of Gian Galeazzo Sforza, the Duke of[…]

Centuries of Representing Muhammad in Words and Calligraphic Art

Islamic literature shows how Muslims used textual imagery to give a vivid picture of their prophet. Introduction Visual depiction of Muhammad is a sensitive issue for a number of reasons: Islam’s early stance against idolatry led to a general disapproval for images of living beings throughout Islamic history. Muslims seldom produced or circulated images of Muhammad or other notable[…]