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The Royal Mistresses Series

Hortense Mancini – The runaway Duchess

Hortense was born in 1646 in Rome, to Baron Lorenzo Mancini and his wife, Girolama Mazzarani. She is remembered because her uncle was the famous Italian Cardinal; Cardinal Mazarin, chief minister to Louis XIV of France. Cardinal Mazarin was highly influential at the French court during Louis XIV’s minority; many believed he was romantically involved [read more]

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Catherine I of Russia

Empresses of All Russia – Catherine I

The origins of the future Catherine I of Russia are rather obscure. She was probably born as Marta Helena Skowrońska on 15 April 1684. Her parents died of the plague when she was still quite young and she was raised by a pastor, in whose household she was probably a servant. She received little education and could not [read more]

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Victoria Hardcover – 11 Aug 2016 (UK) & 4 October 2016 (US) Queen of Great Britain and ruler of an empire on which the sun never set, Victoria gave her name to an age that came to represent progress, expansion and industrialization. She ruled for an unprecedented 64 years, coming to the throne in 1837 [read more]

Germany Miscellaneous

That fateful day – Marie Amalie of Brandenburg

Marie Amalie of Brandenburg-Schwedt was born on 26 November 1670 as the daughter of Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg and Sophia Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. She had several half-siblings from her father’s first marriage and several full siblings. Her first marriage took place on 20 August 1687 in Potsdam, to Prince Charles of Mecklenburg-Güstrow. He was [read more]