Draga Mašin

The assassination of Queen Draga

Draginja Obrenović was born as the daughter of Pantelija Milićević Lunjevica and Anđelija Koljević on 11 September 1864. She was educated in Belgrade and learned several languages. Her first marriage was to Svetozar Masin in 1883. They were married for only three years when he died. After that, she joined the household of Queen Natalia of Serbia, as [read more]

The Royal Women

The Princess-Abbesses of Thorn Abbey

In a small city in the south of the Netherlands lies Thorn Abbey, which once upon a time was an Imperial Abbey of the Holy Roman Empire. It was probably founded around 900-1000, sources differ on the exact date. The imperial immediacy of the abbey was confirmed in 1292. It had special imperial protection under Emperor [read more]

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Blanche of Castile

Queens Regent – Blanche of Castile

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Blanche of Castile was born on 4 March 1188 as the daughter of Alfonso VIII of Castile and Eleanor of England. Not much is known of her youth. At the age of 12, Blanche was [read more]