Are you a Princess, a Queen or a Lady?



  • Are you more likely to be led by your:
  1. Heart
  2. Mind
  3. Spirit?
  • Would you be most likely to be described as:
  1. Affectionate and fun-loving
  2. Charismatic and confident
  3. Independent and insightful?
  • Do you prefer to:
  1. Let life take care of itself
  2. Take control of your life
  3. Seek life’s meaning?
  • Would others say you usually:
  1. Attract attention
  2. Command attention
  3. It’s difficult to get your attention?
  • Socially, are you more often:
  1. The life of the party
  2. The centre of a select group
  3. A wallflower, unless you know people well?
  • At work do you generally:
  1. Chat and interact
  2. Have others come to you for assistance and advice
  3. Just get on with your work?
  • At home, are you most likely to be found:
  1. In good company, in the living room
  2. In the heart/hearth of your home, in the kitchen
  3. In the sanctuary of your bedroom?
  • If you had any faults would they include being:
  1. Selfish and careless
  2. Bossy and controlling
  3. Snobbish and aloof?
  • In a conflict situation, do you:
  1. Stamp your foot
  2. Over-rule
  3. Retreat?

       Behind closed doors, are you:

  1. Playfully flirtatious
  2. Powerfully sensual
  3. Secretly sexy?

Did you score mostly 1, 2 or 3?


WELCOME YOUR HIGHNESS! If your answers were mostly 1, you reflect a PRINCESS. 

The Sparkling Princess:

The light-hearted Princess is eternally enchanting. A Princess has joie de vivre, a true joy of life that can never be disguised. No matter how she appears, you can recognise a Princess because life is full of fun and laughter when she’s around. In fairy tales, the status of a Princess is sometimes kept secret before revelation of who she is.  But a real Princess will always come sparkling through.

The Power and Wisdom of the Princess: As a Princess, you appreciate the pleasures of life. Your warm and giving nature brings happiness to others. You are blessed with innate optimism and resourcefulness. You’re charming and appealing, but you don’t like to be underestimated, and you like your wishes to be answered. You have the air of the heiress about you, and a deeply held, though sometimes hidden, sense of being special and cherished. This is a source of strength for a Princess, and a reminder of all the good things in life you seek and deserve. Honouring your Princess archetype means following the wisdom of your heart’s desire, and staying attuned to your positive thinking and self-belief.

 Gifts of a Princess: You have within you the eternal maiden and an appealing vitality. You glitter and glisten in good company. You have a light touch and a gleam in your eye. You see the possibilities in things and illuminate other people.

Fabled Princesses: The Real Princess; Cinderella; Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty); Snow White; Princess Mayblossom (La Princesse Printaniere); Princess Ariel (The Little Mermaid); Beauty/Belle (Beauty and the Beast); Princess Rosette (Princess Rosette); Princess Jasmine (Aladdin), Xena, the Warrior Princess; Tiana (The Princess and the Pea).

 Princess Feast Day: 1st day of Spring. This festival celebrates eternal re-birth of inner growth and blossoming. It is connected to the mythic maiden Persephone, who brings new life to the earth when she returns from her dark winter underground; a motif which reappears in fairy tales when princesses reawaken and are brought to life (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty).


Meet the Princess in love, at work, at play, as a friend, as a parent, and discover her true spirit.

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WELCOME YOUR MAJESTY! If your answers were mostly 2, you reflect a QUEEN.

The Glowing Queen:

The Queen is a little wiser than the Princess, though she may be no older. A Queen archetype is about majesty and dignity. You can recognise a Queen by her command of attention and respect. A Queen can have more experience in life, but not necessarily so. Even a very young woman can have wisdom beyond her years, and it’s often due to her glowing inner Queen.  A mighty Queen will have faced and won battles, and this will have burnished her brightness.

The Power and Wisdom of the Queen: As a Queen, you have power and wisdom you are prepared to use.  You know your strength and will do what needs to be done. If necessary, you will lay down the law.  You are clever and discerning. It was a wise Queen who knew to put the pea under the mattress. But though a wise woman, a Queen is no old crone – your inner Queen is both bewitching and beautiful. As a Queen, you are rightfully crowned with glory. Honouring your Queen archetype means inner recognition of your right royal worth, and trusting in your personal power and self-confidence. Have a long and magnificent reign. Rule wisely and well, and aim always to live up to your inner stature. 

Gifts of a Queen: You have a strong sense of majesty. You will be the person others turn to for advice and initiative. You’re a natural leader and you may inspire awe. You will always be noticed and others may try to emulate you.

Fabled Queens: Queen Guenevere (Arthur and Guenevere); Queen Isolde (Tristan and Isolde); Queen Igraine (mother of Arthur and Morgan le Fay); The Miller’s Daughter/Queen (Rumpelstiltskin); the Queen (The Little Good Mouse); Queen Mab (Queen of the Fairies); Queen Scheherazade (Arabian Nights); the Queen of Sheba; Boudiccea.

Queen Feast Day: May Day: 1st May (or 1st December, southern hemisphere). On the first day of summer a Queen of the May has traditionally been chosen and crowned in an old festival. From this comes the idea of being Queen for a Day. May Day has many ancient customs of sensual rites and dances marking the start of summer. This festival recognises and celebrates female power and a full bloom, sensual beauty.



Meet the Queen in love, at work, at play, as a friend, as a parent, and discover her true spirit.

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 WELCOME YOUR GRACE! If your answers were mostly 3, you reflect a LADY.

The Shining Lady:

The Lady archetype is about a noble quest for honour, adventure and high standards. A Lady is the female aspect of the knight, valiantly riding into battle, defending those in need.   There’s a Lady of the Manor, a Lady in Waiting and a Lady Bountiful.  But a true Lady will not wait forever, and will heed her call, riding out when needed, bearing her gifts.

 The Power and Wisdom of the Lady: As a Lady you are empowered by your inner valour. You may be known for your determination and adventurousness, though you can also be retiring and solitary. You may appear as demure and ‘ladylike’, but you are often secretly feisty and spirited, and underneath you always have a strong will. You can be unconventional.  In legend, it’s frequently a Lady who sets off in a new direction, sometimes in disguise. As a Lady, go your own way. Trust your independent inner voice and stand up for what you believe in. Use your spiritual strength for good. Honouring your Lady archetype means shining your light. Offer guidance and always show the way by honouring yourself first.

Gifts of a Lady: You will be the person who champions and defends a cause.  You may inspire devotion in others. You are a burning beacon and have more influence in the world than you ever realise. 

Fabled Ladies: Mulan; Rapunzel; Elise (The Wild Swans); The Lady of the Lake (aka. Vivienne, Nimue, Grail legends); the Lady Enid (Grail legends); Lady/Maid Marian (Robin Hood); Lady Godiva; Jean of Arc. 

Lady Feast Day: Lady Day: 25th March. Lady Day is an ancient feast day connected to the Spring Equinox. It later became rededicated to the Sacred Feminine in the form of the feast of the Annunciation, in honour of the Angel Gabriel’s visitation to Mary. Lady Day was New Year’s Day until the early 17th century. This festival celebrates fruitful spiritual gifts and readiness to serve.


Meet the Lady in love, at work, at play, as a friend, as a parent, and discover her true spirit.

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3 in 1 … Alternatively get all three Aristocratic Archetype handbooks in one plus much more …

INSPIRITRIX: The Complete Spiritual Aristocracy Sourcebook

contains The Real Princess, The Queen of the Castle, Lady Love and more. Find your perfect match, a Prince, a King or a Knight. Full of traditions with a practical focus on how the Princess, Queen or Lady can apply them, it will transform your life by harnessing your inner strengths, skills and wisdom with centuries old female lore.

INSPIRITRIX is a treasury of long-lost women’s traditions we need today. Based on timeless fairy tales, courtly customs and medieval mysticism, it will take you on an enchanting journey: to claim the power that lies within you, and a rich way of life we have forgotten.


In this complete sourcebook, discover how to:

Activate your Aristocratic Archetype and understand others – a Princess, Queen or Lady;

Discover your secret status symbols and their hidden meanings;

Create your own codes of honor, courtesy and chivalry;

Revive courtly love arts, practice regal and romantic rituals;

Recognize your true love match – a Prince, Knight or King

Transform your life and revolutionize your relationships;

and live happily ever after.

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Text: © 2018 Eliza Redgold/Elizabeth Reid Boyd. All rights reserved. Images: Public Domain. 1845. The Flowers Personified. J.J. Grandville.

How to Handle Your Charisma

Have you got CHARISMA?

I wrote this booklet for a friend of mine who has so much charisma she attracts people like twinkling pins to a magnet. She came into my university office one day and said she needed help! I said, “You need a book called ‘How to Handle Your Charisma’.” The next day she came back and asked: “Where do I get that book?” I told her it didn’t exist – so I made her this instead.

You can download it for free HERE: How to Handle Your CharismaElizaRedgold

ENOY this spangled gift. Shine like a star!

There have been some exciting releases in 2017. The Secrets of Mindful Beauty was published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York and is now an international Amazon bestseller! It is still a great price, so grab it now.



Vintage Values ~ A Gift of Strength

Values come from the word
valere, to be strong. These Vintage Values have been tested through time. They will give you inner strength …

This A – Z of Vintage Values comes from the past to inspire us in the present. During 2016, I posted each letter of this A – Z  as Monday Motivation on my Facebook author page. Readers were kind enough to let me know how much they appreciated them. I’ve now put the full A – Z together here for your enjoyment. Click on the link below for your free copy. Writing these values got me through a challenging time – I hope they will give you strength if you need it too.

Illuminated letters would once have been richly colored and gilded.  You can save this booklet, or print it out and color it in for further illumination.

VINTAGE VALUES Eliza Redgold – Elizabeth Reid Boyd

Best wishes, Eliza/Elizabeth




The Secrets of Mindful Beauty


Many beauty products offer us hope inside a jar. The Secrets of Mindful Beauty offers you more than hope. It offers the power that is inside you.

We’ve been researching this for many years now, and I’m thrilled to share it at last.

Published by Skyhorse, New York, The Secrets of Mindful Beauty shows women of all ages struggling with beauty esteem, lack of self-care and confidence, cosmetic challenges and changes to skin, hair and nails that are made worse by stress, anxiety or ageing how to:

  • Boost your beauty esteem and positive self-regard with simple, mind-body treatments to make you look and feel more calm and confident;
  • Use an inside-out stress reduction method that gives you a new, powerful, proven self-care tool;
  • Practice an invigorating, positive-ageing technique that will change the way you see yourself today and in the years to come.

If that sounds like you (because it sure sounded like me) then I hope you love reading this book as much as we loved writing it.  Its promise is simple: to change your beauty routine to one that truly makes you look and feel more beautiful.

Visit Skyhorse Publishing – available at all good bookstores online and in store

Read a sample at Overdrive

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Wishing you many beautiful moments – here is one of our unique Quick Lifts to get you started!


Redgold Creativity

Welcome to Redgold Creativity! On this page you’ll find life coaching practices for creative women: mixing magic with mindfulness. These fun, free exercises based on women’s wisdom from the past will enhance your creativity.

About Me: My natural pen name Eliza Redgold is based upon the Gaelic meaning of my full name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. I’m an author and academic. I write fiction (as Eliza Redgold) and non-fiction (as Elizabeth Reid Boyd). These are tips I’ve picked up along the way that I’m delighted to share with you.

About Red Gold: The redgold rose is a floribunda (meaning many-flowering).  Another name for red gold is rose gold – gold mixed with copper that comes out a beautiful rosy colour. For some images, check out my gorgeous rosy red gold Pinterest page.

English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. Known as ‘rubedo’ it’s a transformative stage in magical alchemy and the search for the philosopher’s stone. Poets have also used red gold as a metaphor for creativity.  It’s amazing to me that recent ‘portraits of the mind’ capturing the creative brain are coloured red gold. We’ve possessed the philospher’s stone all along!

I practice mindfulness and meditation, and teach these practices to my university students. In 2017, The Secrets of Mindful Beauty was published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York. I’m fascinated by how much more creative we are when we slow down and let ideas grow. Our minds are truly magical.

About Redgold Creativity:  Each month try a new, free Redgold Creativity exercise. You can download them here:

JANUARY :        REDGOLD CREATIVITY Sweep in the New

FEBRUARY:     REDGOLD CREATIVITY Candlemas for Creative Women

MARCH:           REDGOLD CREATIVITY Call on the Muses

APRIL:              REDGOLD CREATIVITY Grace for Books

MAY:  REDGOLD CREATIVITY Ride the Merry-Go-Round



AUGUST:  REDGOLD CREATIVITY Romance your Seven Senses





Wishing you a floribunda of creative red gold rewards!


The Secrets of Mindful Beauty provides way of applying the practices of mindfulness to our physical health and well-being. Many of our routines around beauty lend themselves to mindfulness, and this will not only enhance the experience, but also have ongoing positive beautifying effects by reducing the stress and anxiety that can affect how we look and feel.

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Tinsel Therapy

tinsel-therapy-300dpi-3125x4167-v2Charlotte Blair is terrified of tinsel – thanks to her old childhood playmate Rupert Brigham. He’s back in London and offering his help to help her overcome her fears – which she soon realizes are more about life and love than festive decorations. Can Charlotte face what scares her and let tinsel bind them together in time for Christmas?


I do hope you enjoy this fun and heart-warming Christmas short story set in the fairy-lit streets of central London.

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Harlequinade: Shall we dance?

harlequinOnce upon a time … Did you know the ‘harlequinade’ was originally a story-telling dance? Its performance in a play included traditional steps and some novelty, taking place between the telling of a fairy tale and a happy ending.

The harlequinade was also an important element in the development of English pantomime. It originally consisted of story-telling dances in which Harlequin, a magical character, played the leading role. In the 19th century, to ease the burden on the dancers, the harlequinade was preceded by a fairy tale. As Harlequin’s importance lessened and the fairy tales became longer and more popular, the harlequinade dwindled into a short epilogue to what became today’s pantomime.

Harlequin’s dance was designed to impress Columbine, his mistress. I loved this idea so much I named one of the characters Columbine in my Victorian romance ‘Playing the Duke’s Mistress‘ (published by Harlequin Mills and Boon). It’s all about actresses, Dukes, intrigues and of course, romance.

Writing romances for Harlequin reminds me of dancing. There are not only precise steps to follow, but also room for improvisation and variation. It has all the familiarity of a fairy-tale (stories told and re-told by women for centuries) and a happy ending makes it complete.

As an academic as well as author, I’m delighted to see this woman-centred genre getting some scholarly attention that explores its pleasures and tensions. If you’re interested in this debate, check out my recent article in The Guardian (it first appeared in The Conversation) – it got an amazing response. There’s also discussion in The Sydney Morning Herald. You can also read my academic journal article Romancing Feminism (written as Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd) about writing in the genre.  Or visit my Harlequinade Pinterest page.

Who can resist a light-hearted Harlequin romance? Enjoy the dance!

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Pretty Witty Nell: Our Lady of Laughter

Nell by Lauren Wilhelm


Of a great heroine I mean to tell,

And by what just degrees her titles swell,

To Mrs Nelly grown, from cinder Nell.

~ Anonymous: A Panegyric on Mrs Nelly (17th century)

There’s something about Nelly …. For centuries, Nell Gwynne has captured hearts and minds. What was Nell Gwynne’s secret? She was a woman who knew how to laugh. How to live. How to love. As an historical fiction/romance fan, I’ve always adored her. When I decided to take up my own quill and start writing fiction, I planned to write a version of her secret diary. For a couple of years I had a wonderful time playing with Nell, collected and read many books, and tracked down obscure historical sources. I then discovered there has been a Nell Gwynne boom – and a raft of novels had been written in celebrating her.  Instead of adding my own version, I moved on to writing other books. Little did I know that my husband was about to surprise me with a birthday gift of a specially commissioned portrait of Nell, painted by artist Lauren Wilhelm (photograph above). Now Nell lights up the stairwell in our home, and guides me upstairs to write.

If you don’t know her name, Nell’s is a real life Cinderella tale of 17th century England, of a low born ‘orange girl’ who became a famous actress and mistress to King Charles II.  We don’t know much about her; mainly that she captivated the King and theatre audiences with her wit. “What history and tradition tell us of Nell Gwyn has been told as a decorative romance, where no liberty has been taken with what we know or believe to be the truth,” wrote Marjorie Bowen in 1925.  “Fancy has been allowed to enlarge upon it … None of the details, however, outrage history or defy probability…” Even in the prim and proper 19th century, in the Victorian era, Nell remained beloved. A 1901 biography dubbed her ‘Our Lady of Laughter.’

MistressMy historical romance PLAYING THE DUKE’S MISTRESS (published by Harlequin, May 2016) is dedicated to Nell Gwynne. It is set in mid-Victorian London, when many actresses had to contend with being seen as title-hunters and gold-diggers – as Darius Carlyle, the Duke of Albury initially suspects actress Calista Fairmont to be. Yet not every actress wants a coronet …I do hope Nell approves!







Meet Nell and some other authors who love her on my Pretty Witty Nell Pinterest Page. nell books







Fairy Tale Beginnings ~ Your Free Gift

Henry_Meynell_Rheam_-_Once_Upon_A_Time_1908We all know how fairy tales end, but do you know the beginning?

In 2015, I held weekly ‘Fairy Tale Fridays’ on my author Facebook page.   I brought magic into my life by posting the first line or two of a favourite fairy tale onto my page. Readers young and old were invited to guess the story. The next Friday, I revealed the identity of the fairy tale, along with a beautiful old illustration.

So many people found this a magical experience too. It was such fun to share that I decided to put some of them together in this collection.Some of the fairy tales are simple to guess, some are more difficult. Click on the link below for your free copy. I do hope you enjoy it!

May life bring you many happy endings – and even more fairy tale beginnings.


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Imagine Horses


On Cornish cliffsThink when we talk of horses, that you see them

Printing their proud hoofs i’ the receiving earth

For ‘tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings.

~ William Shakespeare: Henry V

Once upon a time, I visited Tintagel in Cornwall with my small daughter. Full of history and mystery, the cliff side town is steeped in Arthurian legend. As we made our way along the path towards the cliffs and the ancient site of Arthur’s castle, her hand in mine, I heard the sound of galloping hooves behind us. “Look, horses!” I swung her around to see them.

The path behind us was empty. There were no horses. Nothing was there.

Or perhaps not …

In Shakespeare’s Henry V the famous prologue that begins “O for a Muse of fire” encourages the audience to use their imaginations. To see Kings and Queens, instead of actors, to imagine battlefields instead of a wooden stage. In this collection of 1066 stories, readers are encouraged to go further – to imagine not only histories and fictions, but also alternate pasts.

I was so excited to be asked to contribute my story ‘The Needle Can Mend’ to 1066 Turned Upside Down. My connection to the historical period is through Lady Godiva – she of the famous horse ride. In 2015, my historical women’s fiction Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva was published by St Martin’s Press in New York. So the legend goes, Godiva of Coventry begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. He demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town.  Lady Godiva (or Countess Godgyfu, in the Anglo-Saxon version of her name) was a real person who lived in 11th century Anglo-Saxon England. Yet her myth goes even further back.  Her legend has been be transformed again and again, come down to us through the ages in a mix of fact and folk-lore.

In Naked, I told Godiva’s tale as ‘herstory’ – from the heroine’s perspective. The historical Godiva would have been alive in 1066, so of course I wanted to include her in my story for this collection.  Godiva was the grandmother (or step-grandmother) to Queen Edith, the second wife of King Harold, and may well have figured in 1066 and its political aftermath, or so I imagined.   In ‘The Needle can Mend’ I wanted to capture the strength and power of women and the tales they weave. No more is this revealed than in the mysterious fabric of the Bayeaux Tapestry, which depicts the 1066 Battle of Hastings, and stitches together my tale.  It is a woman-made work of political art, secret and imagination that has stood the test of time.

To imagine is to form a mental image, to think, to believe, to dream, to picture. It is both idea and ideal. Our dreams can take us from small acts of empathy to noble visions of equality and justice. Imagination charges the flame: it puts us in touch with our creativity, our life force. In a world of increasing global conflict, perhaps imagination has never been more important – just like it might have been in 1066.

Alternate histories. Alternate realities. Alternate futures.


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