Sophie, the other victim of the assassination

June 28, 2017 Moniek 0

Sophie Maria Josephine Albina Chotek von Chotkow und Wognin was born on 1 March 1868 as the daughter of Count Bohuslaw Chotek von Chotkow und Wognin and Countess Wilhelmine Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau. She and her siblings were raised very simple due to their limited finances. Her father was completely reliant on his salary [read more]

Queens Regnant: Rasoherina of Madagascar

June 27, 2017 Moniek 0

Rasoherina was born in 1814 as the daughter of Prince Andriantsalamanandriana and Princess Rafaramanjaka. She married Raharolahy, a statesman when she was young, but they divorced in 1847. That same year, she remarried to Rakoto, the future King Radama II. He succeeded his mother in 1861, and she was crowned as his Queen consort. Just two years later, [read more]

Anne Hyde – Duchess of York

June 26, 2017 Moniek 0

Anne Hyde was born on 12 March 1637 as the daughter of Frances Aylesbury and Edward Hyde, later created Earl of Clarendon. She was born in Cranborne Lodge in Windsor Park, the home of her grandfather. She was named after Edward’s first wife, Anne Ayliffe of Grittenham who died six months into their marriage. We [read more]

The Year of Maria Theresa: Coronation as Queen of Hungary

June 25, 2017 Carol 0

When Maria Theresa inherited the Habsburg lands in 1740 on the death of her father, the only part of her empire that seemed secure was Hungary. The Hungarian Diet (parliament) had previously agreed to her accession to the throne and plans began almost immediately for a coronation ceremony. From 1536 until 1830 the Hungarian coronation [read more]

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