What do Hypatia and Queen Christina have in common?

Aside from the fact that we have new costumes for both of them this season, which we published this week? They’ve both been the subjects of highly inaccurate movies with really cool costumes. Really cool costumes that we didn’t hesitate to mine for inspiration!

Here’s Christina of Sweden, and notice the still photo of Greta Garbo from the movie Queen Christina:


And here’s our Hypatia costume page, which uses Rachel Weisz from the movie Agora for the model:


But what about the history behind the movies?

For that, you need books. The most recent English language biography of Queen Christina is Veronica Buckley’s Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric. As for Hypatia, the key modern study is Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska. If you want the CliffsNotes version (and an explanation of why the movie Agora is full of wrong), this Armarium Magnum blog post will fix you up.