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Eleanor of Aquitaine

The abduction of Marie, Countess of Boulogne

Marie, Countess of Boulogne, was born the youngest daughter of Stephen, King of England and Matilda I, Countess of Boulogne. Her father had usurped the crown from her cousin Matilda. Matilda’s son Henry would eventually succeed her father as king of England. Marie was born during her father’s reign in 1136. She had three brothers [read more]

Maria Josepha of Saxony
Maria Josepha of Austria

Maria Josepha of Saxony – Mother of Kings

Maria Josepha of Saxony is not really a well-known person, perhaps because the man she married died before he became King, but she became the mother of three Kings, including the tragic Louis XVI. Maria Josepha was born the daughter of Frederick Augustus II, Prince-Elect of Saxony and King of Poland and Maria Josepha of [read more]

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Caroline Mathilde of Great Britain

Caroline Matilda’s exile in Celle

Caroline Matilda was born a British princess, as the posthumous daughter of Frederick, Prince of Wales on 11 July 1751. She married her cousin Christian VII of Denmark at the age of 15. They married at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen in 1766. Nobody had told her that the bridegroom was mentally ill. She had a [read more]