Helena of Rascia

Helena of Serbia – The executioner

For the most part, very few medieval Hungarian queens played a role in politics.  One exception is Helena of Serbia, also known as Helena of Rascia. Helena was born around 1109, to Uros I, Grand Prince of Serbia, and Anna Diogenissa. Between 1127 and 1130, she married Bela of Hungary. Of the Eastern Orthodox faith [read more]

Elisabeth of France (1764 - 1794)

One step closer to sainthood for Marie-Antoinette’s sister-in-law

Élisabeth of France had just celebrated her 30th birthday when she was removed from the Temple, where she had been imprisoned with her sister-in-law, Marie-Antoinette, Marie-Antoinette’s daughter Marie-Thérèse and son, now King Louis Louis XVII. Only Marie-Thérèse would emerge from the Temple alive. Élisabeth was executed on 10 May 1794 along with 23 others. She reportedly conversed [read more]

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Banqueting House in London, United Kingdom

The Banqueting House in London is the only remaining component of the Palace of Whitehall, which was destroyed by fire in 1698. The Banqueting House is a 1622 addition to the original Whitehall Palace, which was first built around 1240. Right now the Banqueting House is most famous for the execution of Charles I in [read more]

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn – a good French Woman

When Anne Boleyn was executed in 1536, a shockwave went through Europe’s courts, and not all were convinced of Anne’s guilt. The following letter is from Mary of Hungary, who was the niece of Catherine of Aragon and was, therefore, no friend of Anne’s. Though she doesn’t seem to think Anne was guilty she, like the [read more]