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Book Reviews

Book News May 2019

The Young Victoria Hardcover – 14 May 2019 (UK) & 7 May 2019 (US) This beautiful, extensively researched volume investigates the birth and early life of one of the most familiar British monarchs, Queen Victoria (1819–1901). A wealth of material, including many unexamined sources and unpublished images, sheds new light on Victoria’s youth. Included here are [read more]

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Sisi – The Final Years (Part 5)

Read part one here. Read part two here. Read part three here. Read part four here. In 1883, Katharina Schratt came into the life of the Emperor. He had seen the actress perform before, but now she was being presented to him. The exact conversation has not survived, but she certainly left an impression. Franz Joseph [read more]

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Joanna Duchess of Brabant

Mariendaal Convent and Mechteld of Guelders

Mechteld (or Mathilde) of Guelders was born around 1325 as the daughter of Reginald II, Duke of Guelders and his first wife Sophia Berthout, Lady of Mechelen. She married three times, firstly to Godert, Count of Loon and Chiney, secondly to Johann, Count of Cleves and thirdly to John II, Count of Blois. She would [read more]

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Ermgard of Limburg

Kloster Graefenthal & The Consorts of Gelre

This little gem, Kloster Graefenthal, or Gravendaal Convent, is just across the border into Germany in the town of Goch. The convent was founded in 1248 by Otto II of Guelders on the insistence of his wife Margaret of Cleves. The first nuns were mostly unmarried noble women, and Margaret of Cleves was the first [read more]

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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]