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Bavaria

Sophia of Bavaria – The Hussite Queen

After the sudden death of his first wife, Joanna of Bavaria, Wenceslaus IV, King of Bohemia and Germany, needed to marry again.  The chosen bride, Sophia, came from the same dynasty as his first wife – the Wittelsbachs, and she was Joanna’s first cousin-once-removed. Sophia of Bavaria was born around 1376 as the daughter of [read more]

Augusta of Saxe-Weimar

Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach – The first German Empress (Part two)

Read part one here. On 2 August 1861, William’s brother passed away, and he became King of Prussia with Augusta as his Queen. Her increasing ill-health prevented her from enjoying the role. She underwent several unspecified operations which failed to improve the situation. Victoria would later write of her ever-complaining mother-in-law, “She stands so alone [read more]