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Joanna Duchess of Brabant

Mariendaal Convent and Mechteld of Guelders

Mechteld (or Mathilde) of Guelders was born around 1325 as the daughter of Reginald II, Duke of Guelders and his first wife Sophia Berthout, Lady of Mechelen. She married three times, firstly to Godert, Count of Loon and Chiney, secondly to Johann, Count of Cleves and thirdly to John II, Count of Blois. She would [read more]

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Eleanor of Aquitaine

The longest-reigning female monarchs

The longest-reigning monarch in the world was Sobhuza II of Swaziland, who ruled for 82 years and 254 days. It sounds nearly impossible, but Sobhuza was only six months old at the time of his accession. The longest-reigning female monarch was the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine who ruled over the Duchy of Aquitaine in her [read more]