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Elisabeth Valois born 1548 died 1568 Married Phillip II of Spain. Her daughter was Isabella Clara Eugenia

Elizabeth of Valois - eldest daughter of Henry II of France & Catherine de' Medici. Her father insisted she share her bedroom w/ her future sister-in-law, Mary, Queen of Scots. She had to give precedence to Mary –a crowned queen. The 2 would remain close friends the rest of their lives. Though her sister Margaret & Mary of Scots were prettier, she was still considered attractive. She married to Philip II of Spain. Philip was enchanted by his 14 yr old bride & gave up his mistress.

1568 - Elizabeth of Valois, Queen of Spain, bust-length, wearing a jewelled headdress and a red embroidered dress by circle of Anthonis Mor

.:.Detail from Salome with the head of St John the Baptist at Herodes table. 1537. Lucas Cranach the Younger. Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

Detail from Salome with the head of St John the Baptist at Herodes table. Lucas Cranach the Younger. Model of golden cap (Goldhaube).

ELISABETH DE VALOIS queen of Spain PROVENANCE French school, ca 1560, Versailles photo RMN a possible copy of Anguissola portrait

Elisabeth de Valois queen consort of Spain French school, ca Versailles, possible copy of Anguissola portrait.

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Anne of Kiev, the First Female Regent of France

Anne of Kiev, the First Female Regent of France - History of Royal Women

Alfred the Great, King of Wessex (849-899) 36th Great Grandfather

The Feast of Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, 899.

Alfred the Great was King of Wessex from 871 to Alfred successfully defended his kingdom against the Viking attempt at conquest, and by the time of his death had become the dominant ruler in England.

Katherine Parr - She was Regent of England during Henry’s invasion of France in 1544. And with her publication of religious works such as Prayers or Meditations in 1545, she became not only the first English Queen to publish a work of prose, but the first woman to do so in the sixteenth century.

Katherine Parr was the wife of Henry VIII. She had been widowed twice & survived him. She remarried within a year & died in childbirth at Sudley Castle. Any woman who could survive being the wife of Henry VIII was someone to be admired.

Portrait de Charlotte de Roye, comtesse de la Rochefoucauld, c. 1577

formerly attributed to School of François Clouet -- Portrait of Charlotte de Roye, Countess of Rochefoucauld (Sylvie Pic de la Mirandole)

.:. Catherine de' Medici (a very realistic portrait of her which shows, why her contemporaries described her as a very beautiful woman)

Catherine de' Medici (a very realistic portrait of her which shows, why her contemporaries described her as a very beautiful woman).yes, this is Catherine de' Medici you've watched on Reign, former Queen of France

Francois Clouet 1510 1572 FRANCIA Portrait of Mademoiselle De Chabot in a black dress with a lace ruff and jewelled headdress century.

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122 or 1124–1204) was the French wife of two medieval kings. After petitioning for her own divorce from her first husband, she negotiated her own marriage to Henry II of England. Eleanor was an especially active Queen Consort, as well as a capable ruler of her own domain in  Aquitaine. When Henry II tried to limit her autonomous power there, she, with the help of her sons, rebelled. Click through to the link to read an (abridged) biography of her fascinating life...

Top 10 (Plus 1) Women of the European Middle Ages

Merovingian - Eleanor of Aquitaine marries Henry II "Curtmantle" Plantagenet, King of England.

(1)  Hugh Capet was the first King of the Franks of the House of Capet from his election in 987 until his death. He succeeded the last Carolingian king, Louis V. The son of Hugh the Great, Duke of the Franks, and Hedwige of Saxony, daughter of the German king Henry the Fowler, Hugh was born in Paris in 941.

Hugh Capet was the first King of the Franks of the House of Capet from his…

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