Empress Maria Feodorovna: Part One: Her Life as Princess

October 31, 2017 Lauralee 0

The Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna’s life is often marked by tragedy. She was from a junior branch of Denmark royalty, who suddenly found herself as a daughter of the king. Three of her siblings became kings and queens. While she had a few suitors that vied for her hand, Maria Feodorovna’s most illustrious suitor was [read more]

The Daughters of William the Silent: Emilia Antwerpiana of Nassau

October 30, 2017 Moniek 0

Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana of Nassau, also known as Amelie, was born on 9 December 1581 as the sixth and last daughter of William of Orange and Charlotte of Bourbon. She received the name Secundia because a daughter from William’s previous marriage was also named Emilia. Emilia never knew her mother, who died just five months [read more]

Mahidevran – The overshadowed Chief Consort

October 29, 2017 Ezgi Özcan 0

Mahidevran was chief consort as a mother of the oldest surviving son of Suleiman the Magnificent. Her full name was Gülbahar Mahidevran Sultan due to her great beauty; Gülbahar means “rose of the spring” and Mahidevran means “the most beautiful in all”. She was the chief consort of Suleiman before the appearance of Hürrem Sultan. [read more]

Château de Blois – a favourite royal residence

October 28, 2017 Moniek 0

The royal château de Blois was built from the 13th century to the 17th century around a courtyard and consists of several buildings in different styles. It was purchased in 1391 by Louis I, Duke of Orléans, the brother of King Charles VI and after his assassination, his widow Valentina Visconti retired to the château. Her grandson, [read more]

Countess Larisch and the tragedy at Mayerling

October 27, 2017 Carol 1

Marie was born in 1858 as the daughter of the actress Henriette Mendell and Ludwig Wilhelm, Duke in Bavaria, the grandson of the King of Bavaria. Two months after her birth her father gave up his rights to the Bavarian throne. Shortly thereafter her mother was created a Baroness, and her parents were married. Due [read more]

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