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The Royal Women

History of Royal Women: The Year 2015

It’s been an amazing year for History of Royal Women! The site has grown so much and I am very grateful for it. Our visitor stats have increased tenfold compared to 2014. How amazing is that? The busiest day was 12 September with a total of 766 unique visitors. I hope we continue this growth in [read more]

Anna of Austria

Burial Places of the Queens of Spain

Anna of Austria – El Escorial (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain) Barbara of Portugal – Convent of the Salesas Reales (Madrid, Spain) Beatrice of Portugal – Monastery of Sancti Spiritus (Toro, Spain) Berengaria of Barcelona – Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain) Berenguela of Castile – Abbey of Santa Maria la Real de Huelgas (Burgos, Spain) Blanche of Bourbon – Monasterio de San Francisco de Jerez [read more]

Joanna Duchess of Brabant

Mariendaal Convent and Mechteld of Guelders

Mechteld (or Mathilde) of Guelders was born around 1325 as the daughter of Reginald II, Duke of Guelders and his first wife Sophia Berthout, Lady of Mechelen. She married three times, firstly to Godert, Count of Loon and Chiney, secondly to Johann, Count of Cleves and thirdly to John II, Count of Blois. She would [read more]

maria theresa austria

Queens Regnant – Maria Theresa of Austria

Maria Theresa was born on 13 May 1717 as the second but eldest surviving child of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor and Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel in the Hofburg in Vienna. Her elder brother John died aged seven months. She had two younger sisters but no other brothers. Her father paved the way for her [read more]

Book Reviews

January Book News

Edward IV & Elizabeth Woodville: A True Romance Hardcover – January 19, 2016 (US) and February 15, 2016 (UK) When the tall, athletic Edward of York seized the English throne in 1461, he could have chosen any bride he wanted. With his dazzling looks and royal descent, the nineteen-year-old quickly got a reputation for womanizing, [read more]