“Most illustrious relative and dearest brother, My wife was taken with sudden pains at eight o’clock last night. At eleven she gave birth to a dead son, and at half past twelve she gave her [read more]
Hortense was born in 1646 in Rome, to Baron Lorenzo Mancini and his wife Girolama Mazzarani. She is remembered because her uncle was the famous Italian Cardinal; Cardinal Mazarin, chief minister to Louis XIV of [read more]
The origins of the future Catherine I of Russia are rather obscure. She was probably born as Marta Helena Skowrońska on 15 April 1684. Her parents died of the plague when she was still quite young and [read more]
Marie Amalie of Brandenburg-Schwedt was born on 26 November 1670 as the daughter of Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg and Sophia Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. She had several half-siblings from her father’s first marriage and several [read more]
Mary was first painted circa 1525 when she was engaged to her cousin, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. You can see her wearing a brooch with the inscription “The Empour (the Emperor)”. During the King’s [read more]
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