Byzantine Empire

The fall of Thamar Angelina Komnene

Thamar was the daughter of Nikephoros I Kommenos Doukas and his second wife, Anna Palaiologina Kantakouzene. Her father was the despotes of Epirus, which in current times is a part of Albania and Greece. Not much is known about her early life, and we don’t have a surviving portrait. She was married to the fourth [read more]

Book Reviews

The Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone Book Review

The Rivals Queens features two Queens, who coincidentally were also mother and daughter. The infamous Catherine de’ Medici and her perhaps equally infamous daughter Margaret of France have both led extraordinary lives. Catherine de’ Medici was born on 13 April 1519 as the daughter of Lorenzo II de’ Medici and Madeleine de la Tour D’Auvergne [read more]

Alexandra of Greece

No succession rights for Alexandra of Greece

Alexandra was born on 25 March 1921 to King Alexander of Greece and his morganatic wife, Aspasia Manos. However, Alexander had died five months before she was born. Her grandfather Constantine I had been in exile and was restored to the Greek throne a month after his son’s death. This left Alexander’s marriage to Aspasia [read more]