Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Announcing the publication of 

HIDDEN WOMEN: Celtic Burgundy & Europe

This second book of the HIDDEN WOMEN series focuses on women and one of the main Celtic families from the Iron Age.  The Burgundians’ major role in defeating Roman invaders and their preservation of secular art and ideas are only two of their immense contributions to civilization.  With the Franks, they combined to lead Celtic Europe during the Merovingian and Carolingian eras.  

The Burgundy name still relates back to wine production and trade in the Rhineland.  Weaving together archaeological evidence and current associations allows an astonishing look at this distinguished Celtic European family.

ISBN: 9781731089977

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Literary Salon in Paris

“In our era when the voice of women is challenged across all
Continents, the Celtic world, where women led major roles in politics, 
trade science, agriculture, culture, religion, art and participated actively 
in the life of cities, bears great significance.

In her book Hidden Women, Jacqueline Widmar Stewart 
offers archaeological evidence, photos of sites and extracts of ancient
texts (even though biased as written by victors ) to help us 
gain insight into the lives of women in pre-Roman Celtic Europe – 
Burgundians, Franks, Galls, Basques, Veneti, Parisii. . .

To impose a new order, the Roman empire destroyed Celtic culture, 
burnt scriptures, works of arts, towns and monuments and more 
significantly, established segregation between sexes, weakened families, 
and subjugated women.  From being equal partners of men, with the 
advent of Christianity, women came to be regarded as evil, temptresses,
witches, usurpers of masculine power, creatures to be tamed and 
relegated to only certain functions.”

                                               Maria Adle, Founder and President, Ivy Plus European Leaders

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Saturday, July 28, 2018

University Club of Chicago, July 26, 2018

Paean to Ancestral Women

All hail to you, mothers of eld
Hail to your sons and your daughters.
All of them breathe because of you
They owe their strength to your power.

You are the ones who protected their world
You built the Europe of yore 
Though conquerors claimed it 
and many defamed it 
Your wisdom and leadership soared.

You have borne the families here now
You fled with forbearers and hid them
You fought to the end, defended the fort
All while you nourished and led them.

Too long you’ve stayed buried down deep
Away from the knowing eye,
Kept from your place up here in the sun
Where lineage live now and thrive.

Now is your time, o prescient ones;
Now is the time to acknowledge.
Let history herald you and your kin
All hail to you and your knowledge.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New Hidden Women review 

Stewart’s advocacy is powerful and practical and is synchronized perfectly with the voices of today calling out for change."

"With multi-disciplinary evidence and a persuasive voice,
Stewart calls out the domineering historical legacies of conquerors and of religion that have sought to silence the stories of women. She argues elegantly for women without the shrill overtones of desperate anger that conservative critics might dismiss. Stewart’s tone will appeal to all readers of history as she celebrates Celtic women and connects their legacy with present-day social issues. Stewart, not content to merely criticize, offers solutions to the problems women face because of historical misrepresentations, inaccuracies, and the inheritance of patriarchy.

Read the entire review at

Friday, June 8, 2018

Hurrah!  An abbey where women are welcome again!

Starting off the first night in an abbey in a factory town in eastern France set the tone for our entire 2-week trip.  Abbaye Prémontrés sits on the Meuse river just across the water from a distinctive triangular square.  The Abbaye has returned to community use through a foundation that runs it, with its rooms buzzing once again with seminars and festivities.  The evening we happened to be there coincided with the opening of the fragrant gardens that graciously extend the interior spaces.

Had we known at the beginning of our trip what we formulated by the end, we would have tried to visit the Celtic festival hall.  One of the lessons from this trek around northern Europe is that even the smallest Celtic villages often contain festival halls.  Repurposed as Christian churches, some of these makeovers leave few traces of the old origins, especially when the stones have been whitewashed and a predominance of religious artifacts installed. That’s not always the case, though, because some retain their Celtic ways.  The ceilings, arches, medallions, reliefs that top of pillars, and sometimes even the windows carry forward ancient symbols and styles.  Occasionally the bright colors and designs remain on the ceiling beams, pillars and murals.  When women are portrayed as graceful, joyous, or warriors, it is a good bet that they are Celtic.

More soon.  Thanks for checking in.