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Book News January 2023

*contains affiliate links* The Beauforts: Lineage, Ambition and Obligation 1373-1510  Hardcover – 15 September 2022 (UK) & 15 January 2023 (US) Four bastard children of John of Gaunt and his mistress Katherine Swynford vigorously made their way in the world despite their questionable origin, and when all four were retrospectively declared legitimate they were each [read more]

Elisabeth in Bavaria

The birth of the future Empress Elisabeth

In 1837, Princess Ludovika was pregnant for the fourth time. Her marriage to Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria was in shambles, but that didn’t stop the regular arrival of new babies. Her first child Ludwig Wilhelm was born in 1831, followed by the short-lived Wilhelm Karl in 1832 and Helene in 1834. On 24 December, [read more]