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Eleanor of Portugal

Eleanor of Portugal – The first Habsburg Empress

Eleanor of Portugal was born on 18 September 1434 in Torres Vedras as the sixth child and third (but eldest surviving) daughter of King Edward of Portugal and Eleanor of Aragon. Het baptism was performed in the Cathedral of Lisbon by Archbishop Pedro de Noronha. Her parents entrusted her into the care of Guiomar de [read more]


Hu Shanxiang – The Gracious Yet Deposed Empress

Empress Hu Shanxiang’s tragic tale has moved the hearts of China for centuries. She is often seen as a pitiful, kind, and helpless woman, while her successor, Empress Sun, is depicted as a femme fatale. Empress Hu Shanxiang was the first wife of the Xuande Emperor (also known as Emperor Xuanzong). Because she could not bear [read more]

Book Reviews

Book News June 2021

*contains affiliate links* Queen Victoria: This Thorny Crown (Spiritual Lives)  Hardcover – 8 June 2021 (US) & 8 April 2021 (UK) This biography evokes the pervasive importance of religion to Queen Victoria’s life but also that life’s centrality to the religion of Victorians around the globe. The first comprehensive exploration of Victoria’s religiosity, it shows [read more]