Charlotte of Cyprus

Helena Palaiologina and her rival

Helena was born on 3 February 1428 as the daughter of Theodore II Palaiologos (Despot in the Morea) and Cleofa Malatesta at the Castle of Mistras in Greece. She was to be their only child. She was just five years old when her mother died, but not much else is known of her youth. On her 14th birthday, she married [read more]

Book Reviews

Daughter of Venice: Caterina Corner, Queen of Cyprus and Woman of the Renaissance by Holly S. Hurlburt Book Review

I do love reading about the more unknown Queens of history and I must admit Caterina Corner (or Cornaro) was quite a mystery to me. This is perhaps also due to the fact that she not born a royal but rather the daughter of Nobile Huomo Marco Cornaro and Fiorenza Crispo. Her father was a great-grandson of Marco [read more]