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.
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.
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.
Margaret Pole, The Last Plantagenet: From a Family of Traitors
Margaret Pole had so many traitors in her family: she was the daughter of a traitor, the sister of a traitor, and the mother of a traitor. All that treason ended in her own death.
Marie de Guise, The Tall and Amazing Queen of Scots
The mother of Mary, Queen of Scots probably lived a normal life. She was probably just a French princess who married the King of Scotland, right? Well, her life was the exact opposite.
Juana la Loca, The “Mad” Queen of Castile
Juana the "Mad" is known for being the insane woman who briefly ruled Castile. But the thing is, she was perfectly sane, it was the absolutely horrible men in her life that made her insane.
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.
Margherita of Savoy, Queen of Italy
Margherita of Savoy was the first woman to hold the title of Queen of Italy. She's also my favorite historical figure because she's just amazing.