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Margaret of Austria (1480 - 1530)

The Year of Isabella I of Castile – Margaret of Austria, The pearl of Burgundy (Part two)

Read part one here. Margaret met her future mother-in-law, Queen Isabella I of Castile, in Burgos shortly after her arrival. Margaret tried to kneel and kiss Isabella’s hand, but Isabella raised her up. The Venetian ambassador later wrote, “The Queen’s reception of her was quite a sight. Kissing and hugging many times, she took her [read more]

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Marie Antoinette

The Princesse de Lamballe – The best friend of Marie Antoinette (Part one)

Marie-Thérèse Louise of Savoy-Carignan was born on the 8th of September 1749 in Turin. She was the sixth child of Louis Victor, Prince of Carignano and his wife Landgravine Christine of Hesse-Rheinfels-Rotenberg. As her father was descended from King Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia, Marie-Thérèse was a member of a cadet branch of the House of [read more]