Adelaide of Hesse

Adelaide of Hesse – An unwanted Queen

Casimir III of Poland is remembered as one of Poland’s greatest kings.  He was not a great husband, however.  He married four times, and each wife probably had her share of misfortunes.  Out of his four wives, his second, Adelaide, suffered the most. The Alternative Bride  After the death of his first wife, Aldona-Anna of [read more]

Hedwig of Kalisz
Jadwiga of Kalisz

Hedwig of Kalisz – The Power behind the Throne

King Casimir III of Poland, known to history as “the great”, may not have become king, if it weren’t for the efforts of his mother, Hedwig of Kalisz.  Casimir’s father Wladyslaw the Elbow-high might not have been king if it weren’t for her either.  Hedwig was one of medieval Poland’s most influential queens.  For years, [read more]