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Hungary

Mary of Austria – The dedicated sister

Mary of Austria was born at the Coudenberg Palace in Brussels on 15 September 1505 as the daughter of Queen Joanna of Castile and King Philip I of Castile. She was their fifth child and her elder brother Charles, the future Holy Roman Emperor, was the centre of their world. A sixth child – a [read more]

Catherine of Aragon

The Spanish Princess – Behind the series

With the premiere of The Spanish Princess later tonight, we take a look at the real royalty behind the drama. Catherine of Aragon The Spanish Princess‘ titular character is, of course, Catherine of Aragon. Born in 1485 as the youngest daughter of the Catholic Monarchs; Isabella I of Castille and Ferdinand II of Aragon. By [read more]

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Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of Aragon

House of Jiménez The Kingdom of Aragon began its life in 1035 when it was established as an independent Kingdom. Its first King was Ramiro I of Aragon, an illegitimate son of Sancho III of Pamplona. Ramiro’s first wife was Ermesinda of Bigorre, who was thus the first Queen of Aragon. They went on to have five [read more]

Book Reviews

February 2017 Book News

  Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen Paperback – 9 February 2017 (UK & US) One of Europe’s great queens, Isabella of Castile is also one of the least well known, but undeservedly so. For no other European queen in history can fully rival her power or achievements as a female ruler who overcame huge [read more]

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Finding a King and maybe a Princess at Reading Abbey

Richard III’s discovery and burial have prompted the search for another King. King Henry I was the son of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders. He had two legitimate children, William Adelin, who drowned in the White Ship disaster and Matilda, whose son Henry would eventually follow Henry’s nephew Stephen on the throne. Henry [read more]