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Berengaria of Navarra

by Austin Hernon

Berengaria was born in around 1165, the first girl to grace the cradle of King Sancho and Queen Sancha. Her life changed fourteen years later, in 1179, when her mother died prematurely.

In an age when princesses were a crown asset, her friends and subjects alike probably expected Berengaria to follow the traditional path and make a suitable marriage in the defence of the realm. However, Berengaria enjoyed her position ruling the royal household and developed an independence and self-assurance that was to set her in good stead when that eligible prince finally came a-calling. Or rather, when his mother did... Read More

Philippa of Hainault

by Austin Hernon

Edward II of England and his wife, Isabella, found marriage difficult. Edward conveniently disappeared in 1327, leaving Isabella the freedom to find a wife suitable for her son, Edward III... Read More