Austria

Margaret of Tyrol – “The ugly Duchess”

Margaret of Tyrol was one of the 14th century’s wealthiest heiresses.  As the heiress to the Duchy of Carinthia and County of Tyrol in present-day Austria, she was a very desirable bride.  She inherited land caught between three powerful rivalling dynasties: the Habsburgs of Austria, the Luxembourgs of Bohemia, and the Wittelsbachs of Bavaria.  Margaret [read more]

Bavaria

Matilda of England – Overshadowed sister of kings

Much has been written of Matilda’s parents, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her four surviving brothers, Henry, Richard, Geoffrey, and John, are also rather famous- Richard and John were Kings of England, and Henry was a “junior king” of England. The three older brothers, along with their mother, famously led a rebellion against their [read more]

maria brabant
Bavaria

The execution of Maria of Brabant

Maria of Brabant was born circa 1226 as the daughter of Henry II, Duke of Brabant en Maria of Hohenstaufen. She was one of six children, and she had a further two half-siblings from her father’s second marriage to Sophie of Thuringia. Little is known of her youth, but she was possibly betrothed to the [read more]