Madame de Pompadour
The Royal Mistresses Series

Madame de Pompadour – The little Queen

Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson was born in December 1721 in Paris. Her mother was Louise-Madeleine de La Motte, and her father was François Poisson, who was involved in the booming financial sector. When Jeanne’s father was exiled after a banking scandal, his colleague Charles François Paul Le Normant de Tournehem stepped in as her guardian. Due to [read more]

banqueting
England

Banqueting House in London, United Kingdom

The Banqueting House in London is the only remaining component of the Palace of Whitehall, which was destroyed by fire in 1698. The Banqueting House is a 1622 addition to the original Whitehall Palace, which was first built around 1240. Right now the Banqueting House is most famous for the execution of Charles I in [read more]

The Royal Women

Gorgo of Sparta

Many ancient female royals are rarely talked about for a variety of reasons. One female monarch that we do not hear enough about is Gorgo of Sparta. You may recognise her name from Histories by Herodotus – as she was one of the few women who were even mentioned in his writings. Gorgo was the daughter and only [read more]