mary de bohun
England

Mary de Bohun – An abducted heiress

Mary was born circa 1368 as the daughter of Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford and Joan Fitzalan. She and her older sister Eleanor were heiresses to her father’s estates, as they had no brothers. Eleanor was married off to Edward III’s son Thomas of Woodstock who intended to keep the entire inheritance for [read more]

Inês de Castro
Inês de Castro

Inês de Castro – The posthumous Queen

Inês de Castro was born circa 1325 as a noblewoman. She was a descendant of the Castilian Royal Family through an illegitimate line. Her grandmother was an illegitimate daughter of Sancho IV of Castile. She also held ties to the Royal Families of Léon and Portugal. Inês was a maid of Constance Manuel of Villena [read more]

Isabel Luísa of Portugal
Isabel Luísa Princess of Beira

Isabel Luísa of Portugal – ‘The-Always-Engaged’

Isabel Luísa of Portugal was born on 6 January 1669 in Lisbon to Peter II of Portugal and his first wife Maria Francisca of Savoy at the Ribeira Palace. The palace was destroyed during the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. She would prove to be their only child. As the heiress presumptive she received the title Princess [read more]

jadwiga
Elizabeth of Bosnia

The Sister Kings

In an age where female rulers weren’t all that common, these sisters were Kings in their own right of two respective countries. Mary of Hungary and Jadwiga of Poland were the daughters of Louis I of Hungary and Elizabeth of Bosnia. During their father’s reign, Poland and Hungary were in a personal union and Louis [read more]

marie antoinette
France

Marie Antoinette’s last letter

Marie Antoinette is perhaps most famous for something she didn’t say; ‘Let them eat cake!’ It is on this day in 1793, the infamous Queen of France was executed by guillotine 10 months after her husband suffered the same fate. She was tried by the Revolutionary Tribunal on 14 October. She was accused of several [read more]