Margaret of Parma – Governor of the Netherlands

February 9, 2018 Moniek 0

Margaret was born on 28 December 1522 as the illegitimate daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and Johanna Maria van der Gheynst, the daughter of carpet manufacturer.  Johanna Maria worked as a maid for the Governor of Oudenaarde, who hosted the then 22-year-old and unmarried Charles for six weeks. Margaret was named for her great-aunt, Margaret of Austria. She [read more]

Christina of Denmark’s love for the Prince of Orange

December 25, 2015 Moniek 0

Christina of Denmark was born in November of 1521 to Christian II of Denmark and Isabella of Austria. Just over a year later her father was forced to abdicate, and the family fled into exile to Veere in the Netherlands. She and her brother and sister were raised by the Governors of the Netherlands, Margaret [read more]

The Princess of Asturias who never was

March 21, 2015 Moniek 0

Margaret of Austria is perhaps best known as the governor of the Habsburg Netherlands. She was born on 10 January 1480 as the second child of Archduke Maximilian of Austria and Mary of Burgundy. Mary had named her daughter after her stepmother Margaret of York. Before her tenure as governor young Margaret was married twice [read more]

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