Marguerite was born on 9 December 1890 in Paris into a working-class family; her father Fermin was a driver, and her mother Marie was a housekeeper. Marguerite had a normal upbringing until her younger brother was killed one day while in her care. After being blamed by her parents for this, Marguerite was sent away [read more]
On the square of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Alapaevsk a monument to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (born Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine) was unveiled. The Grand Duchess is a martyr and as such the monument was also consecrated by Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye. Read more about the Grand Duchess here.
Eleonora di Garzia di Toledo was born in March 1553 as the daughter of García Álvarez de Toledo, 4th Marquis of Villafranca, Duke of Fernandina and Donna Vittoria Colonna in Florence. She was brought up by Eleanor of Toledo, her aunt. In April 1571, she married Pietro de’ Medici, the youngest son of Cosimo I de’ [read more]
A reliquary with the right hand of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna will be brought to St. Petersburg from 5 May to 11 May. It is being brought over to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, which eventually led to Elizabeth’s death a year later. It will remain at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of [read more]
Blanche of Bourbon was born circa 1339 as the daughter of Peter I, Duke of Bourbon and Isabella of Valois. At the age of 14, she was married to King Peter of Castile, who was five years older. It was not to be a happy marriage. Just three days into the marriage Peter abandoned Blanche [read more]
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]