queen victoria

Queen Victoria & Becoming the longest-reigning British monarch (until Queen Elizabeth II)

Until 9 September 2015, Queen Victoria held the title of the longest-reigning British monarch; on that day, her great-great-granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her. Elizabeth II is now the longest-reigning British monarch and the world’s longest-reigning current monarch. Victoria took the throne upon the death of her uncle, King William IV, on 20 June 1837 [read more]

windsor castle
Alice of Albany

Windsor Castle – A phoenix from the ashes

Windsor Castle is a royal residence – one of Queen Elizabeth II’s three official residences –  and the original castle was built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror. It has been added to over the centuries and was the scene of some historical events. Some keys events concerning royal women Births: Matilda of [read more]

royal witches
Book Reviews

Book News October 2019

Long Live the Queens: Mighty, Magnificent and Bloody Marvellous Monarchs History’s Forgotten Hardcover – 17 October 2019 (UK & US) Powerful and influential kings have long dominated our view of global history, their queens often relegated to the shadows, their influence, deeds and sacrifices unacknowledged and lost in the passing of time. But not anymore… This [read more]

Beatrice of Flanders

Beatrice of Flanders – The substitute bride

Beatrice of Flanders was born in Bruges circa 1253/1254 as the daughter of Guy of Dampierre, Count of Flanders and his first wife Matilda of Béthune. She had seven full siblings and eight half-siblings – from her father’s second marriage to Isabelle of Luxembourg. Beatrice married the 14-year-old Floris V, Count of Holland in 1269. [read more]