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Sophia Dorothea of Celle

Sophia Dorothea of Celle – The Prisoner of Ahlden

Sophia Dorothea of Celle was born on 15 September 1666 as the daughter of George William, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and his mistress, Eleonore d’Esmier d’Olbreuse. Her parents officially married in 1676. On 22 November 1682, she married her cousin, George, Electoral Prince of Hanover, after reportedly shouting, “I will not marry the pig snout!” The marriage was off to a [read more]

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Constanza Manuel’s Imprisonment

Constanza Manuel was born in 1316 as the daughter of Juan Manuel, Prince of Villena and Duke of Peñafiel and Constance of Aragon, a daughter of James II of Aragon. Still only a child she married Alfonso XI of Castile on 28 November 1325. She was Queen for just two short years. Alfonso dissolved the marriage and quickly remarried [read more]

Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck

Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck’s unhappy marriage

Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck has an impressive name, and her name is possibly just as big as her family as she was one of the thirteen children of Frederick Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck and Luise Charlotte of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg. On 17 April 1709 Dorothea married the future Margrave of Bayreuth, George Frederick Karl of Brandenburg-Bayreuth-Kulmbach. It was [read more]


The murder of Philippa of Flanders

Philippa of Flanders (or Philippa of Dampierre) was born around 1287 as the daughter of Guy, Count of Flanders and Isabella of Luxembourg. Philippa’s father sought support from the English King Edward I to preserve the autonomy of Flanders from its powerful neighbour France, and in 1294 Philippa was betrothed to Edward II. The French [read more]

Christina Bruce

The Imprisonment of the Bruce Women

During the First War of Scottish Independence, the female relatives of King Robert (I) the Bruce of Scotland were particularly bad off. Mary Bruce (a sister of Robert), Christina Bruce (a sister of Robert), Marjorie Bruce (the daughter of Robert), Elizabeth de Burgh (the second wife of Robert) and Isabella MacDuff (a supporter but not [read more]

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The Imprisonment of Gwenllian of Wales

Gwenllian of Wales has perhaps one of the most tragic stories I have read in awhile. She was born in Abergwyngregyn, near Bangor in Gwynedd in June 1282. She was the only child of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, Prince of Wales and Eleanor de Montfort. Eleanor was the daughter of Simon de Montfort and Eleanor of [read more]