Elizabeth I

The demotion of the future Queen Mary I

The year of 1533 saw considerable changes in the future Mary I’s status. Her father Henry and Anne Boleyn had married in early 1533, and they had their first child, the future Elizabeth I in September 1533. The First Succession Act made Princess Elizabeth and future children by Anne Boleyn to true successors to the [read more]

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]

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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]

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Great Britain

Queens Regnant – Victoria of the United Kingdom

Victoria was born on 24 May 1819 at 4.15 AM at Kensington Palace in London as the only child of Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn. Until 1817 Princess Charlotte of Wales was the only legitimate grandchild of George III and her death in childbirth caused a marriage race [read more]