anne de pisseleu
The Royal Mistresses Series

Anne de Pisseleu d’Heilly – The most beautiful among the learned and the most learned among the beautiful

Anne was born in 1508 in Picardy, France, to parents Guillaume de Pisseleu, seigneur d’Heilly, and his second wife Anne Sanguin de Meudon. The family were noble but not particularly wealthy. Anne’s father was married three times, and Anne was one of 23 siblings (though some sources say there were more). After her mother died, [read more]

joan navarre
England

Joan of Navarre – The accused witch

Joan of Navarre was born around 1368 as the daughter of King Charles II of Navarre and Joan of France. In her youth, Joan and her two siblings suddenly found themselves hostages of the regents of France, who also happened to be her maternal uncles. They were treated honourably and were only released by the intervention of the [read more]

fiery joanna
Brittany

Fiery Joanna of Flanders

Joanna of Flanders has gone down in history as the ‘Fiery’ for her role in the War of the Breton Succession. She was born circa 1295 as the daughter of Louis I, Count of Nevers and Joan, Countess of Rethel. Her grandfather was also Count of Flanders, but as her father predeceased his father, he [read more]