joanna castile

Introducing The Queens Regnant Series

“A queen regnant (plural: queens regnant) is a female monarch who reigns in her own right, in contrast to a queen consort, who is the wife of a reigning king, or a queen regent, who is the guardian of a child monarch reigning temporarily in their stead” — Starting this Monday, I’ll be introducing History [read more]

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Anna of Saxony (1437 - 1512)

Barbara of Brandenburg – An independent mind

Barbara of Brandenburg was born on 30 May 1464 as the daughter of Albrecht III, Elector of Brandenburg and Anna of Saxony. Barbara was just one of nineteen children from her father’s two marriages. At the age of just eight, Barbara was married in Berlin to Duke Henry XI of Glogów (Poland), who was thirty [read more]

Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine

Tsar Alexander III will be exhumed for DNA testing

The decision has been made to exhume the remains of Tsar Alexander III for DNA testing. Alexander III was the father of Nicolas II. This is part of the investigation into the remains of Tsarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria. The exhumation is expected to happen mid-November. There is also a possibility of an exhumation for Grand [read more]

Amalia of Solms-Braunfels

The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia Volume 1 1603-1631

I recently received this book, The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia from the Oxford University Press. It’s edited by Nadine Akkerman, who is also contracted to write a biography of Elizabeth Stuart. The correspondence actually consists of three volumes and the second volume was actually released first in 2011 as it was Nadine Akkerman’s [read more]

isabella france

Saint Isabella of France

Saint Isabella of France was born around March 1224 as the daughter of Louis VIII of France, whose nickname was the Lion, and Blanche of Castile. She was one of thirteen children, though not all lived to adulthood. She was just two years when her father died, and her brother became King. Her mother continued [read more]