Maria of Bytom
Hungary

Maria of Bytom – A Queen in the footnotes

Throughout the late middle ages, there are records of queens whose marriages were beneficial to their husbands’ families.  Even though we don’t know much about them, we still know whether or not they fulfilled their most important duty – bearing sons.  Often the queens who did not succeed in this are forgotten and hidden in [read more]

Fenenna of Kuyavia

Fennena of Kuyavia – Traces of a lost Queen

When King Andrew III of Hungary died in 1301, he left behind a daughter, Elizabeth and a widow, Agnes.  Elizabeth and Agnes’ lives would be closely connected, but Agnes was not the mother of Andrew’s daughter.  Elizabeth’s mother was Andrew’s often forgotten first wife, Fennena of Kuyavia. Difficult Early Life There are very little records [read more]

mary hungary austria
Hungary

Mary of Austria – The dedicated sister

Mary of Austria was born at the Coudenberg Palace in Brussels on 15 September 1505 as the daughter of Queen Joanna of Castile and King Philip I of Castile. She was their fifth child and her elder brother Charles, the future Holy Roman Emperor, was the centre of their world. A sixth child – a [read more]