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Mary I of England

The health of Queen Mary I

Mary’s health was perhaps most affected by the situation surrounding Anne Boleyn and her father. In April of 1531, she was ill with ‘hysteria’ for several weeks. She was by then 15 years old, and her illness perhaps coincided with the onset of menstruation. She apparently suffered from painful periods and the emotional ups and [read more]

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Catherine of Pomerania

Queens Regnant – Margaret I of Denmark

Margaret was born in March 1353, in an era where female rule was practically unthinkable. She was the sixth and youngest child of Valdemar IV of Denmark and Helvig of Schleswig. She was baptised at Roskilde and by the age of six was already betrothed to the 18-year-old King Haakon VI of Norway. However, on 17 [read more]

Anne Boleyn

May Book News

The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia Hardcover – April 4, 2016 (US) & May 13, 2016 (UK) Ruthless and passionate, Catherine the Great is singularly responsible for amassing one of the most awe-inspiring collections of art in the world and turning St. Petersburg in to a world wonder.  The [read more]