ghent
Jacqueline of Hainaut

Castle of the Counts in Ghent, Belgium

The current Castle of the Count was built in 1180 by Count Philip of Alsace. He modelled it after crusaders castles he had seen while he participated in the Second Crusade. Before the current construction, there was a wooden castle on the site. The castle was the seat of the Counts of Flanders until it [read more]

michelle valois
Burgundy

The Tomb of Michelle of Valois

Michelle of Valois was born on 11 January 1395 as the daughter of Charles VI of France and Isabeau of Bavaria. Not much is known of her youth, but in June 1409 she married the future Philip III, Duke of Burgundy (also known as Philip the Good). They had a single daughter named Agnes who died as [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]

Austria

Charlotte of Belgium & Bouchout Castle

Bouchout Castle is perhaps best known as the last residence of Charlotte of Belgium, or Empress Carlota of Mexico. It was erected around 1300 by a knight named Daniel van Bouchout. It passed through several families in the 15th and 16th century. It was partly destroyed during the French Revolutionary period. It was restored in [read more]