Book Reviews

Elfrida The First Crowned Queen of England by Elizabeth Norton Book Review

I just recently received this book, Elfrida The First Crowned Queen of England by Elizabeth Norton from Amberley Publishing for review. It’s been available in hardcover since earlier this year but came out in paperback last month. Elfrida was actually known by several names, Ælfthryth but also Alfrida and Elfthryth. The Anglo-Saxons certainly knew how to make things difficult [read more]

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France

Marie Antoinette’s last letter

Marie Antoinette is perhaps most famous for something she didn’t say; ‘Let them eat cake!’ It is on this day in 1793, the infamous Queen of France was executed by guillotine 10 months after her husband suffered the same fate. She was tried by the Revolutionary Tribunal on 14 October. She was accused of several [read more]

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Caroline Mathilde of Great Britain

Caroline Matilda’s exile in Celle

Caroline Matilda was born a British princess, as the posthumous daughter of Frederick, Prince of Wales on 11 July 1751. She married her cousin Christian VII of Denmark at the age of 15. They married at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen in 1766. Nobody had told her that the bridegroom was mentally ill. She had a [read more]