Maria Anna of Austria

Maria Anna of Austria – The learned abbess

Archduchess Maria Anna or Marianna of Austria was born on 6 October 1738 at the Hofburg Palace as the eldest surviving daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Francis of Lorraine. As the eldest surviving child, she was heiress presumptive until the birth of her younger brother Joseph. She received an education, but not much was expected of [read more]

Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa

Hawaiian heiress marries longtime partner

Abigail Kawananakoa, the would-be Queen of Hawaii, has married her longtime partner Veronica Gail Worth last Sunday. A marriage announcement said, “Both Princess Kawananakoa and Veronica could not be happier to have sanctified their longtime loving relationship and wish to express their deepest appreciation to all close friends and loved ones for their congratulations and best [read more]

Catherine De'Medici

Château de Chenonceau – The White Queen’s Refuge

The current château de Chenonceau was built between 1514 and 1522 and replaced a medieval castle. It was built by Thomas Bohier, Chamberlain to King Charles VIII of France. In 1535, the château was seized from Bohier’s son by King Francis I of France for unpaid debts. His son, King Henry II, gave the château to his mistress Diane de Poitiers. Diane created [read more]