Anne Boleyn

Jane Seymour by David Loades Book Review

Jane Seymour was Henry VIII’s third wife, after Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. She was a maid of honour to both of her predecessors and married Henry a mere 11 days after Anne’s execution. She was reportedly not very beautiful and had a demure personality. She was, for the time, quite old to be [read more]

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Augusta Frederica of Great Britain

Under the protection of Catherine the Great – Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel was born 3 December 1764 to Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick and Princess Augusta of Great Britain. Her younger sister Caroline married George IV of the United Kingdom. To her family, Augusta was known as Zelmira. On 15 October 1780, she married Prince Frederick of Württemberg. He was heir presumptive to [read more]

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Amalia of Nassau-Dietz

The women of Soestdijk Palace

Every house has traces of its former inhabitants. Soestdijk has had many over the years, and I went there in search of its royal women. Soestdijk Palace has only been open to the public since 2006, and its future is still uncertain. The last inhabitant, Queen (then Princess) Juliana, died at the palace in 2004. [read more]