Anne Marie d'Orléans

Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of Sicily

The Kingdom of Sicily began its life in 1130 when it was created by Count Roger II of Sicily with the agreement of Pope Innocent II. Roger was married three times. His first wife was Elvira of Castile who was thus the first Queen of Sicily. They went on to have six children together, and [read more]

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Constance Queen of Sicily

Irene Angelina – Queen of Swabia

This article was written by Franziska. Irene Angelina’s exact date of birth is unknown. She was either born in 1177 or 1180/1181 in Constantinople as the second daughter of the Byzantine emperor Isaac II Angelos and his first wife. Her mother was from the Palaiologina family, yet her first name remains unknown. She later became [read more]

Beatrice of Rethel

Queens Regnant – Constance of Sicily

Constance of Sicily was born on 2 November 1154 as the daughter of King Roger II and his third wife, Beatrice of Rethel. Constance had several siblings from her father’s first and second marriage, though only one was still alive at the time of her birth. Her eldest half-brother, Roger, had left two illegitimate children. [read more]