The longest reigning female ruler was the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine who ruled over the Duchy of Aquitaine in her own right. She lived to be 82 years old, which in medieval times was ancient. Eleanor reigned for 66 years and 358 days. Eleanor was first married to Louis VII of France, but the marriage was not [read more]
Caroline Bonaparte was born on 25 March 1782 as the daughter of Carlo Buonaparte and Letizia Ramolino and as such was Emperor Napoleon I’s younger sister. She hardly knew her father as he would die two years after her birth of cancer of the stomach. She grew up rather poor and did not receive new clothes [read more]
From Queen Victoria to the Princess Royal – Windsor Castle, 29 January 1859 God be praised for all his mercies, and for bringing you safely through this awful time! Our joy, our gratitude knows no bounds. My precious darling, you suffered much more than I ever did – and how I wish I could have [read more]
The Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia is quite the hidden gem in Prague. Hidden away from the public with just a simple glass door as its entrance, it is easy to miss. In fact, I nearly did miss it. The patron of the convent was, of course, Agnes of Bohemia, the ninth and last [read more]
Read part one here. Read part two here. Read part three here. Read part four here. In 1883, Katharina Schratt came into the life of the Emperor. He had seen the actress perform before, but now she was being presented to him. The exact conversation has not survived, but she certainly left an impression. Franz Joseph [read more]
The story of the White Queen and the White Princess continues with the Spanish Princess this spring. But…. why does Prince Henry look like a grown man?