The Daughters of William the Silent: Emilia of Nassau

September 18, 2017 Moniek 0

Emilia of Nassau was the fifth but third surviving child of William the Silent and his second wife, Anna of Saxony. She was born on 10 April 1569 in Cologne. She was named after the Countess of Neuenahr, who was the head of Anna’s household. From the beginning, she was under the care of a [read more]

Philippa of Lancaster – A Queen in very truth

August 4, 2017 Moniek 0

A Queen in very truth, who knew how to impose on her Court these virtues which only a woman’s heart can really sense and thereby cause them to be respected. Philippa of Lancaster was born on 31 March 1360 as the daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster and Blanche of Lancaster. She was named after [read more]

Isabella of Coimbra – Mother of the Princess Saint

July 15, 2017 Moniek 0

Isabella of Coimbra was born on 1 March 1432 as the daughter of Infante Peter, Duke of Coimbra and Isabella of Aragon, Countess of Urgell. Through her father, she was a granddaughter of King John I of Portugal. Her father acted as regent for her cousin, King Afonso V of Portugal and she and Afonso reportedly [read more]

Catherine of Braganza by Sarah-Beth Watkins Book Review

May 25, 2017 Moniek 0

Catherine of Braganza, a Portuguese princess, married Charles II in 1662 and became the merry monarch’s Restoration queen. Yet life for her was not so merry – she put up with the king’s many mistresses and continuous plots to remove her from the throne. She lived through times of war, plague and fire. Catherine’s marriage [read more]

Queens Regent: Eleanor of Aragon

March 27, 2017 Moniek 0

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Eleanor of Aragon was born on 1 February 1402 as the daughter of Ferdinand I of Aragon and Eleanor of Alburquerque. She lost her father at the age of 14, and he was succeeded by her brother Alfonso [read more]

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