On 13 February 1457, Mary of Burgundy was born as the daughter of Charles the Bold, future Duke of Burgundy, and his second wife, Isabella of Bourbon, at Coudenberg Palace in Brussels. Family tensions had created an awkward situation surrounding her birth. Charles had gone hunting as soon as the labour began, and his father, [read more]
With the 2017 series Maximilian now available via Starz, we are introduced to some more unknown royal women. Mary, Duchess of Burgundy Although the series is called Maximillian, the second main character is Mary, Duchess of Burgundy – his wife. Challenged in her rights to become Duchess in her own right by the French, she [read more]
On my recent trip to Gouda I also learned about Gouda’s famous city hall. (You may now Gouda from its Cheese Markets but those are in the summer!) Building began in 1448 and ended in 1459 and it’s made from Belgian limestone. Improvements were made in 1497 for the visit of Philip the Handsome. It [read more]
I have written about Mary of Burgundy before and you can read the article about her early death here. After her death, she was buried in the Church of Our Lady in Bruges in Belgium, originally next to her father. Her father’s remains were not found during renovations and it’s possible he was moved to [read more]
I’ve been meaning to read more about Margaret of York ever since I went to Mechelen to find the Palace of Margaret of Austria, which also happened to be right across the street from Margaret of York’s Palace. You can find that blog post here. Palace of Margaret of York, now the City Theatre I [read more]
Day six of my Vienna trip was my last full day in Vienna and I used it to visit three museums. I bought a combi-ticket for both locations of the Art History museum and for the Imperial Treasury. I began in the Imperial Treasury because it was the first to open!