Isabella Clare Eugenia of Spain

The remains of Coudenberg Palace

Next to the Royal Palace in Brussels is the Belvue Museum, which coincidently is also the entrance to the remains of the Coudenberg Palace, which stood at the spot of the Royal Palace until its destruction by a fire in 1731. It was here that Margaret of Austria handed over power to Charles V, Holy [read more]

France

Marie of Montpellier – Heiress of Montpellier

Marie of Montpellier was born around 1182 as the daughter of  William VIII, Lord of Montpellier and Eudokia Komnene, a niece of Byzantine Emperor Manuel I Komnenos. A condition of the marriage was that the firstborn child of the marriage, boy or girl, would succeed to the Lordship upon William’s death. Thus, Marie was the heiress [read more]

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Book Reviews

August Book News

I Love You Madly: The Secret Letters of Marie-Antoinette and Count Fersen Hardcover – 7 July 2016 (UK ) & 1 August 2016 (US) The doubts which still remain about the exact nature of the relationship between Marie-Antoinette and Count Axel Fersen have largely been fostered by redacted editions of their correspondence in which only [read more]

Book Reviews

The Lost Tudor Princess By Alison Weir Book Review

Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mother was a queen, her father an earl, and she herself was the granddaughter, niece, cousin, and grandmother of monarchs. Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, was an important figure in Tudor England, yet today, while her contemporaries—Anne Boleyn, Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I—have achieved celebrity [read more]