Anne of France

The Royal Women of Maximilian (TV series)

With the 2017 series Maximilian now available via Starz, we are introduced to some more unknown royal women. Mary, Duchess of Burgundy Although the series is called Maximillian, the second main character is Mary, Duchess of Burgundy – his wife. Challenged in her rights to become Duchess in her own right by the French, she [read more]

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Leonor Princess of Asturias

Female Heirs – Leonor, Princess of Asturias

With the introduction of absolute primogeniture in most European monarchies, there are now several Queens in waiting, though Spain is unfortunately not one of these countries, it still has a female heir. With our series Female Heirs, we’ll be taking a look at those young women who will one day rule in their own right. [read more]

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Maria Christina of Austria

The Latent Queen: Maria de las Mercedes

The birth of the Monegasque twins raised an interesting succession question. Princess Gabriella was born before her brother Prince Jacques, but due to male-preference cognatic primogeniture, Prince Jacques is the Hereditary Prince of Monaco. Despite the fact that I find this a horribly outdated practice, Monaco is not the only country that still practises some [read more]