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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]

Adelheid of Meissen

Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of Bohemia

The Kingdom of Bohemia was founded in 1198 from the Duchy of Bohemia by Ottokar I of Bohemia. It was officially recognised in 1212 by the Golden Bull of Sicily. Ottokar was married to Adelheid of Meissen. They had four daughters and divorced in 1199. Adelheid was thus the first Queen consort of Bohemia but did [read more]

Isabella Clare Eugenia of Spain

The remains of Coudenberg Palace

Next to the Royal Palace in Brussels is the Belvue Museum, which coincidently is also the entrance to the remains of the Coudenberg Palace, which stood at the spot of the Royal Palace until its destruction by a fire in 1731. It was here that Margaret of Austria handed over power to Charles V, Holy [read more]

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn – a good French Woman

When Anne Boleyn was executed in 1536, a shockwave went through Europe’s courts, and not all were convinced of Anne’s guilt. The following letter is from Mary of Hungary, who was the niece of Catherine of Aragon and was, therefore, no friend of Anne’s. Though she doesn’t seem to think Anne was guilty she, like the [read more]