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Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II surpasses Emperor Franz Joseph I to become fifth longest-reigning monarch in history

Queen Elizabeth II has reached yet another milestone. Just last year, she surpassed Eleanor of Aquitaine, who ruled the Duchy of Aquitaine in her own right, as longest-reigning female ruler. In 2015, she surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning British monarch. Now, she has surpassed Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria to [read more]

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Petronilla of Aquitaine – The Queen’s sister

If you have read about Eleanor of Aquitaine, chances are that you have heard she had a younger sister named Petronilla.  You may have heard how Petronilla’s marriage caused quite the scandal.  But is there anything else to say about Petronilla? Very little is known about Petronilla of Aquitaine.  She is hidden within the shadows [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]

Adela of Champagne

Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of France

The Kingdom of France originated when Hugh Capet was elected King and founded the Capetian dynasty. Before, the area of the Frankish empire was ruled by several dynasties. Hugh Capet was married to Adelaide of Aquitaine, and she was known as Queen of the Franks. They had three children that can be accounted for, including Hugh’s [read more]