Blanche of Burgundy

Royal Women and the Black Death

The Black Death peaked in Europe between the years 1347 and 1353.  It was the most fatal pandemic in human history, killing millions.  Not even royals were safe from this.  During these years, a handful of royals died from the bubonic plague.  Here are some royal women who died during these years.  For some of [read more]

Adela of Champagne

Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of France

The Kingdom of France originated when Hugh Capet was elected King and founded the Capetian dynasty. Before, the area of the Frankish empire was ruled by several dynasties. Hugh Capet was married to Adelaide of Aquitaine, and she was known as Queen of the Franks. They had three children that can be accounted for, including Hugh’s [read more]

Joan II of Navarre

Queens Regnant – Joan II of Navarre

Queen Joan I’s marriage to Philip IV of France had brought Navarre into French hands, and the two were united in one person, until Joan II. The future Joan II was born as the daughter of Louis X of France (Louis I of Navarre) and Margaret of Burgundy in 1312. Her mother became entangled in the [read more]

Blanche of Burgundy

The Queens of the Tour de Nesle Affair

Sometimes history reads like a soap opera, and the Tour de Nesle affair would certainly fit right in. This royal scandal took place in the French royal family under King Philip IV. Philip had three sons, who all would eventually succeed him as King of France. His three sons had all made advantageous marriages. His [read more]