Catherine De'Medici

500: Catherine de’ Medici & her daughters-in-law

To celebrate the 500th birthday of the formidable Catherine de’ Medici, we will be posting seven articles over the next seven days about her. This is the fourth, and it will focus on her relationships with her daughters-in-law. Read part three here. Catherine de’ Medici had five sons with her husband King Henry II of [read more]

Austria

Elisabeth of Austria – Playing matchmaker

This article was written by Franziska. A problematic marriage The marriage of Franz Joseph I and Elisabeth of Austria began under the most unusual circumstances: the young emperor was supposed to marry Princess Helene of Bavaria – Elisabeth’s older sister. What happened instead is well known to fans of Elisabeth and the Habsburgers worldwide. The [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]

Austria

Gisela of Austria – The neglected daughter

This article was written by Franziska. Early childhood Gisela Louise Marie, Archduchess of Austria, was born on 12 July 1856. She was the second daughter of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and his wife, the famous Empress Elisabeth. Although her christening name was Gisella, she wrote her own name with only one l. Her [read more]