Joan of England is not a very famous princess. You probably only know her since she died of plague. If only she'd listened to the mayor of Bordeaux...
Catherine of Aragon’s Bout of Sweating Sickness
Catherine of Aragon is famous for being the unfortunate first wife of King Henry VIII. When he was just a royal nobody, Catherine became ill with sweating sickness.
Alexandra of Bavaria: The Glass Princess
Princess Alexandra Amalie of Bavaria (1826 – 1875) is famous for believing that she swallowed a glass piano as a child. There's even a play about her, The Glass Piano.
Helen of Bosnia: The Mysterious Queen-Regnant
We know close to nothing about Helen of Bosnia. Most queens-regnant leave behind almost too much information for us, but Helen left us close to nothing.
Rosamund Clifford: The Queen’s Rival
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.
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.
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.