joanna la beltraneja
Joanna of Castile (1462 – 1530)

The Year of Isabella I of Castile – The rivalry with Joanna la Beltraneja (Part one)

The future Queen Isabella’s half-brother, King Henry IV of Castile,  married Joan of Portugal in May 1455, with the papal dispensation having arrived at the end of 1453, as the pair were first cousins. A copy of this dispensation was not found in the archives of the Vatican, although this does not necessarily prove it [read more]

royal inbreeding and other maladies juliana cummings
Book News

Book News Week 9 2024

*contains affiliate links* Book News week 9 – 26 February – 3 March 2024 Imperial Women of Rome: Power, Gender, Context Hardcover – 29 February 2024 (US) Vagabond Princess: The Great Adventures of Gulbadan  Hardcover –  27 February 2024 (US & UK) The Throne: 1,000 Years of British Coronations  Hardcover – 27 February 2024 (US) [read more]

Queen Kashshaya

Queen Kashshaya – The eldest daughter of King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon

Queen Kashshaya was the eldest daughter of King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon. Historians generally believe that she was queen consort to King Neriglissar of Babylon.[1] While very few facts are known, it is evident that she was a major political player.[2] She owned many estates in Uruk. Her vast wealth and political influence helped shape the events [read more]