Rosamund Clifford (c. 1150 - c. 1176) was Henry II of England's mistress. Unluckily for her, his wife was Eleanor of Aquitaine, who was not at all fond of The Fair Rosamund.
The Last Letter of Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of Scots, is famous for being executed by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. Before her beheading, Mary wrote a letter to her brother-in-law, Henri III.
Sibylle of Cleves: Henry VIII’s Sister-in-Law
Sibylle of Cleves was a sister-in-law of Henry VIII who is all but forgotten. She was the eldest daughter, a mother of four Johns, and a brave defender of Wittenberg.
Helene in Bavaria: The Sidelined Sister
One tends to remember an Empress of Austria more than a Princess of Thurn and Taxis. But Helene in Bavaria led a much happier life away from the imperial throne.
Marie Anne de Mailly: The Manipulative Mistress
Very few women in history have betrayed their sisters to become the king's mistress. Maybe that's why Marie Anne de Mailly, arguably history's worst sister, is so intriguing.
Marie Antoinette’s Heartbreaking Last Letter
Marie Antoinette of Austria was the Queen of France who had the bad luck of being consort during the French Revolution. Here is her last letter.
Marozia: The De Facto Ruler of the Papacy
Marozia of Tusculum was the closest thing we had to a female pope. Pope Joan was probably a myth, but we can be sure Marozia existed, since she was related to seven popes.
Rani Tarabai: The Warrior Regent
Tarabai was a very important figure in history. Without her, there may never have been any Rajas of Kolhapur, and perhaps no long-lasting Maratha Empire either.
Empress Sisi: Miserable Empress, Beautiful Queen
Empress Sisi had a very long and very miserable life at the Austrian court, becoming Empress at just fifteen, even though she never wanted the role.
Berengaria of Navarre: The Queen Who Never Set Foot In Her Country
Berengaria of Navarre became Queen of England in the 1100s, but because her husband was always on crusade, she never got to settle down in England.