Margaret of Austria (1480 - 1530)

Margaret of Parma – Governor of the Netherlands

Margaret was born on 28 December 1522 as the illegitimate daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and Johanna Maria van der Gheynst, the daughter of a carpet manufacturer.  Johanna Maria worked as a maid for the Governor of Oudenaarde, who hosted the then 22-year-old and unmarried Charles for six weeks. Margaret was named for her great-aunt, Margaret of [read more]

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The remains of Coudenberg Palace

Next to the Royal Palace in Brussels is the Belvue Museum, which coincidently is also the entrance to the remains of the Coudenberg Palace, which stood at the spot of the Royal Palace until its destruction by a fire in 1731. It was here that Margaret of Austria handed over power to Charles V, Holy [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]

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Christina of Denmark

Christina of Denmark – The young widow

Christina of Denmark was born in November of 1521 to Christian II of Denmark and Isabella of Austria. Just over a year later her father was forced to abdicate, and the family fled into exile to Veere in the Netherlands. She and her brother and sister were raised by the Governors of the Netherlands, Margaret [read more]