Maria Theresia of Austria

The Battle of Mollwitz – A victory for Maria Theresa

The Battle of Mollwitz occurred on 10 April 1741 between Prussia and Austria. At this point, Austria was in the beginning stages of the War of the Austrian Succession. It took place in Mollowitz, Silesia, which is modern-day Małujowice, Poland. Prussia’s King Frederick II, who came to the throne just three months before Maria Theresa, fought his first battle here and would come [read more]

The Royal Women

Amanishakheto – Warrior Queen of Nubia

The birth or death date of Kandake (the word for queen in the Meroitic language) Amanishakheto is not known; however, it is believed that she reigned in the first century somewhere between 10 BC to 1 AD after succeeding Queen Amanirenas. It is important to note that exact dates of the Kushites are uncertain until the Middle Ages. Most recognise Amanishakheto by her jewellery collection found in her pyramid at Meroë (present-day Sudan) in [read more]

France

Mary of Bourbon – The jilted Bride

Mary of Bourbon was born on 29 October 1515 as the daughter of Charles, Duke of Vendôme and Françoise d’Alençon. The Treaty of Rouen of 1517 between France and Scotland provided for the marriage of a French Princess to the King of Scots. However, it soon became clear that Madeleine of Valois, the daughter of King [read more]

Catherine of Austria

Queens Regent – Catherine of Austria

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Catherine of Austria was born on 14 January 1507 as the daughter of Joanna of Castile and Philip I of Castile, who had sadly passed away in September 1506. Joanna was forced into confinement by her [read more]

Elizabeth of York

The White Princess – Who is who?

While the White Princess begins with the House of Tudor, to understand how we got there, we must begin several years earlier. King Henry VI of England from the House of Lancaster ruled England from the age of 1 from 31 August 1422 until 4 March 1461. His grandfather had usurped the throne in 1399. He [read more]