Marina Mniszech, known as Marinka the Witch, was the wife of an impostor and ended up becoming the cause of his downfall and her own brutal end.
Louise Élisabeth of Orléans: The Duchess Who Did Whatever She Wanted
Louise Élisabeth of Orléans became Duchess of Berry at the age of fifteen, then proceeded to do whatever she wanted for the rest of her very short life.
Agnès Sorel: France’s First Royal Mistress
Agnès Sorel was France's first official mistress. She was known for her scandalous way of dressing that ended up becoming a little popular at court.
Jeanne de Clisson, The Lioness of Brittany
Jeanne de Clisson was a noblewoman who ended up as a pirate after her husband's execution. The Lioness of Brittany always left one survivor to tell her tale, which they always did.
The 8 Wives of Tsar Ivan the Terrible
Poisoned, poisoned, poisoned, imprisoned, murdered, imprisoned, drowned, and survived. Here are the stories of the eight unfortunate wives of Ivan the Terrible.
Louise Julie de Mailly: The Betrayed Sister
The five de Mailly-Nesle sisters were quite famous since four of them became the mistresses of King Louis XV. Louise Julie should never have trusted her sisters.
Nell Gwyn: The Beloved Mistress of Charles II
The hardest task for a royal mistress was getting the public to actually like them. Nell Gwyn made that seem almost too easy. She also has a monument in London.
Henrietta of England: The Poisoned Duchess of Orléans
Henrietta of England, known as Minette, fled England at the age of only three, then became a very unhappy duchess, followed by her very mysterious early death.
Lucrezia Borgia: Poisoner, Seductress, Mother, Widow
Lucrezia Borgia and the entire Borgia family are quite infamous. Lucrezia wasn’t exactly undeserving of her reputation, but her story is crazier than we think.
Hortense Mancini: The Duchess Who Ran Away
Hortense Mancini was quite an interesting lady. She had a husband who knocked out female servants’ front teeth, she ran away from him, and became a royal mistress.