The Royal Women

Rhodopis – The first Cinderella

This article was written by Marie. The “Cinderella and the slipper” story – a humble girl marrying into royalty – is a very old one. The Romans even had their own version; only it was set in Egypt – the most fabulously wealthy land of the ancient world. The pharaoh of the story was one [read more]

marie louise
Marie Louise of Hesse-Kassel

An exclusive look inside the Nassau crypt in Leeuwarden

A newspaper in Leeuwarden was recently granted unprecedented access to the crypt at the Jacobijnerchurch in Leeuwarden. I wrote about this church two years ago and it is the burial place of: Anna of Nassau (Breda, 5 November 1563 – Franeker, 13 June 1588), daughter of William of Orange and Anna of Saxony Elisabeth of Nassau-Dietz (Leeuwarden, 25 Juli 1614 – Leeuwarden, 18 September 1614), daughter of Ernst Casimir of Nassau-Dietz en Sophia Hedwig of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel Elisabeth [read more]

Matilda of Germany

The Tomb of Richenza of Lotharingia

Cologne Cathedral is huge and imposing, and it’s actually quite surprising that there aren’t more royal tombs. The building commenced in 1248 but was halted in 1473, and it was left unfinished until 1880. It was badly hit during the Second World War, but it remained standing, and it was repaired by 1956. It was [read more]

Eleanor of Alburquerque

Queens Regent – Eleanor of Aragon

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Eleanor of Aragon was born on 1 February 1402 as the daughter of Ferdinand I of Aragon and Eleanor of Alburquerque. She lost her father at the age of 14, and he was succeeded by her brother Alfonso [read more]