Germany Miscellaneous

King’s daughter was buried alive

A horrible discovery has been made in the crypt of Schönfelder Castle. The coffin of an illegitimate daughter of Augustus II of Poland and his mistress Anna Constantia of Brockdorff, named Augusta Anna Constantia contains scratches on the inside. How could she have been buried alive? Augusta was just 17 years old in 1725 when she married Heinrich [read more]

thomas cranmer
Mary I of England

The burning of Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer was born on 2 July 1489  in Aslockton in England. His parents were Thomas and Agnes Cranmer, who were of modest wealth. He had at least two brothers. Thomas Cranmer came into Mary’s life when he was assisting with the annulment proceedings between Mary’s parents, Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. He discussed [read more]

Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck

Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck’s unhappy marriage

Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck has an impressive name, and her name is possibly just as big as her family as she was one of the thirteen children of Frederick Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck and Luise Charlotte of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg. On 17 April 1709 Dorothea married the future Margrave of Bayreuth, George Frederick Karl of Brandenburg-Bayreuth-Kulmbach. It was [read more]