Helena of Serbia – The executioner

March 17, 2018 CaraBeth 1

For the most part, very few medieval Hungarian queens played a role in politics.  One exception is Helena of Serbia, also known as Helena of Rascia. Helena was born around 1109, to Uros I, Grand Prince of Serbia, and Anna Diogenissa. Between 1127 and 1130, she married Bela of Hungary. Of the Eastern Orthodox faith [read more]

Lost Kingdoms: Kingdom of Hungary (Part 1)

February 12, 2018 Moniek 0

The Kingdom of Hungary has a long history and emerged from the principality of Hungary in the year 1000 with the coronation of King Stephen I of Hungary. He reigned until 1038 with Gisela of Bavaria by his side. They had one son, who died at the age of 24 while boar-hunting. He left no [read more]

Elizabeth of Bosnia – a Queen in a tough situation (Part 2)

January 16, 2018 CaraBeth 0

In my previous article I discussed the early years of Elizabeth of Bosnia’s life, her life as queen consort, and her early regency.  This second part will focus on her fairly short, but eventful regency. The Polish Succession The Polish did not want to be in union with Hungary, and wanted their monarch to reside [read more]

Elizabeth of Bosnia – a Queen in a tough situation (part 1)

January 9, 2018 CaraBeth 0

With the formidable Elizabeth of Poland as her mother-in-law, Elizabeth of Bosnia was bound to pick up some of her traits as a powerful Queen Mother.  But the younger Elizabeth’s circumstances as a widowed queen were more difficult; when Elizabeth of Poland was widowed, her capable son was the new king.  As for Elizabeth of [read more]

Elizabeth of Poland – A true survivor

December 14, 2017 CaraBeth 1

Elizabeth of Poland was a true survivor. Her long and eventful life spanned three-quarters of the turbulent fourteenth century.  She was involved in some of the fourteenth century’s key events in Poland, Hungary, and Naples.  For decades, even in her old age, she was active in the politics of Hungary and Poland.  She quite possibly [read more]

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