Blanche of Burgundy

Royal Women and the Black Death

The Black Death peaked in Europe between the years 1347 and 1353.  It was the most fatal pandemic in human history, killing millions.  Not even royals were safe from this.  During these years, a handful of royals died from the bubonic plague.  Here are some royal women who died during these years.  For some of [read more]

Amélie of Leuchtenberg

Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of Portugal

The Kingdom of Portugal began its life in 1139 when Afonso Henriques, Count of Portugal, was acclaimed King of the Portuguese. House of Burgundy His wife was Matilda or Mafalda of Savoy, who was thus the first Queen of Portugal. They had seven children together, including his successor the future King Sancho I of Portugal. Sancho succeeded his [read more]

Catherine of Austria

Queens Regent – Catherine of Austria

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Catherine of Austria was born on 14 January 1507 as the daughter of Joanna of Castile and Philip I of Castile, who had sadly passed away in September 1506. Joanna was forced into confinement by her [read more]

Maria I of Portugal
Amélie of Orléans

Burial places of the Queens of Portugal

Amélie of Orléans – Royal Pantheon of the House of Braganza (Lisbon, Portugal) Beatrice of Castile (1242 – 1303) – Alcobaça Monastery (Alcobaça, Portugal) Beatrice of Castile (1293–1359) – Lisbon Cathedral (Lisbon, Portugal) Carlota Joaquina of Spain – Royal Pantheon of the House of Braganza (Lisbon, Portugal) Dulce of Aragon – Santa Cruz Monastery (Coimbra, Portugal) Eleanor of Aragon – Batalha Monastery (Leiria, Portugal) [read more]

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Anna of Lorraine

The Grote Kerk of Breda

This is the Church of Our Lady at Breda, The Netherlands. It’s perhaps better known simply as the Great or Grote Kerk / Church because it’s now a protestant church.  There was actually a wedding happening here later in the day, so it was a bit decorated on the inside. It’s a seriously beautiful church, and entrance [read more]