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.
Marina Mniszech: The ‘Witch’ Who Met A Brutal End
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.