Sarah Lyttleton was a beloved mother figure to Queen Victoria's nine children, all of whom kept fond memories of her as they lived their grand futures.
Poedua: A Captive Princess
If Poedua hadn't been taken captive by James Cook, we would never have heard of her. We definitely would never have known what the princess looked like.
Elizabeth Patterson: The American Bonaparte
Betsy Patterson married Jerome Bonaparte, and when he dumped her on the orders of his brother, Betsy spent the rest of her life travelling Europe like she didn't care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marie-Thérèse, Madame Royale: The Only Survivor of Her Family
Marie Antoinette is a much more famous than her family, including her mother, an Empress, her husband, a King, and her daughter, a Duchess, Queen, and neither.
Jeanne de la Motte & The Affair of the Diamond Necklace
Guess who stole a diamond necklace and helped start the French Revolution? Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Rémy, Comtesse de la Motte.