Maria Clementina Sobieska
Maria Clementina Sobieska

Maria Clementina Sobieska – The Jacobite Queen

Maria Clementina Sobieska was born on 18 July 1702 as the daughter of James Louis Sobieski, the son of King John III of Poland and Marie Casimire Louise de La Grange d’Arquien, and Countess Palatine Hedwig Elisabeth of Neuburg. She was one of their three surviving children out of seven. At the age of 16, [read more]

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Anne Queen of Great Britain

Queen Mary II – A good wife (Part three)

Read part two here. In August 1682, Mary received the news of the birth of another half-sister, but the little girl lived for just two months. The rest of the year of 1682 was spent rather domestically for Mary; she bought a new cockatoo and items for her household. For William, it was a politically [read more]

Anne Queen of Great Britain

Film Review: The Favourite

This month sees the UK release of the long-awaited film The Favourite, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos which I have just been to see in order to report my opinions back to History of Royal Women readers! The film focuses on the court of Queen Anne, who reigned from 1702-1714 and is a rather overlooked monarch, [read more]

Anne Queen of Great Britain

Queen Anne – Succession and Death (Part six)

Read part one here. Read part two here. Read part three here. Read part four here. Read part five here. Anne succeeded her cousin and brother-in-law William on 8 March 1702. By then, she was overweight and a semi-invalid; her body ravished by the many pregnancies she endured. Yet, Anne was ready to face the challenges [read more]