Places To Visit

Schloss Ahlden – Sophia Dorothea’s prison

Sophia Dorothea of Celle should have been Queen of Great Britain but her divorce from the future King George I put any stop to that. Sophia Dorothea of Celle was born on 15 September 1666 as the daughter of George William, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and his mistress, Eleonore d’Esmier d’Olbreuse. Her parents officially married in [read more]

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The Royal Mistresses Series

The murder of Aleid van Poelgeest

Aleid van Poelgeest was born circa 1370 as the daughter of Jan van Poelgeest and Aleid van Beest Gerbrandsdr. Her life isn’t easy to piece together. She was presumably born in Koudekerk, and her father was an important man at the court of John II, Count of Blois, who later also claimed the Duchy of [read more]