Queens Regnant: Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba

January 27, 2017 Moniek 0

Nzinga was born around 1580 as the daughter of King Ngola Kiluanji Kia Samba and Kangela. The Ndongo Kingdom in Angola was conquered by the Portuguese in 1618. She had wished to become ruler of her tribe early, but her brother was made ngola (ruler) in the early 1620s. He must have thought something of her [read more]

Queens Regnant: Catherine of Navarre

January 26, 2017 Moniek 0

Catherine was born in 1468 as the daughter of Gaston of Foix, Prince of Viana, and Magdalena of Valois. Her father was the son of Queen Eleanor of Navarre, but he died before her and thus never became King. Instead upon the death of Queen Eleanor her elder brother Francis succeeded as King of Navarre. He [read more]

Queens Regnant: Shajar al-Durr

January 24, 2017 Moniek 0

Shajar al-Durr was born at an unknown date. She was of Turkish origin and was purchased as a slave by the future Sultant of Egypt As-Salih Ayyub. They had a son named Khalil and the married shortly after his birth. The child probably did not live long. In April 1249 her husband became seriously ill [read more]

Queens Regnant: Eleanor of Navarre

January 13, 2017 Moniek 0

The future Queen Eleanor of Navarre was born in Olite as the third child of King John II of Aragon and Queen Blanche I of Navarre on 2 February 1426. Both her elder brother Charles and her elder sister Blanche preceded her as monarch of Navarre. Eleanor married Gaston IV, Count of Foix in 1441 [read more]

Queens Regnant: Maria II of Portugal

December 2, 2016 Moniek 0

The future Maria II of Portugal was born on 4 April 1819 as the daughter of Pedro I of Brazil and IV of Portugal and Maria Leopoldina of Austria. She was the eldest of 7 siblings and one half-sibling. She also had six illegitimate half-siblings. Her grandfather, King John VI died in March VI and his death sparked a [read more]

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