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Died on this day in 1938 aged 66 Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Marina, who married George, who was the son of George V. Also grandson of Christian, father of Alexandra, wife of Edward VII. Nicholas helped organise the 1896 Olympics in Athens, the first to be held since 393.

Born on this day in 1263 to King Afonso III of Portugal, Afonso of Portugal (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Violante, grand-daughter of Ferdinand, father of Eleanor, wife of Edward I. Does not appear to have done anything interesting.
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Died on this day in 1596 aged 48 George I, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (my toy,wikipedia).Great-great-grand-father of George I.George's father was Landgrave of Hesse, but that got split up between his four sons on his death, so George was only Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt.

Born on this day in 1679 to Frederick Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg and Magdalena of Saxe-Weissenfels, Elisabeth of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Frederick, father of Augusta, mother of George III. Does not merit own wikipage.
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Died on this day in 1599 aged 53 Elizabeth Stafford (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of William, husband of Mary, sister of Anne, wife of Henry VIII; she was herself descended from Edward III. Elizabeth's parents were staunch protestants and left England for Geneva for the duration of the reign of Mary I, they returned to England after Elizabeth II became queen and Elizabeth and her mother were both ladies of the privy chamber. Elizabeth's husband was made a receiver for the Exchequer in Essex, Hertfordshire and Middlesex, but ended up fleeing to the continent owing the exchequer thousands of pounds, this did not cause Elizabeth to fall out of the Queen's favour however.

Born on this day in 1944 to Prince Christoph of Hesse and Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark, Princess Clarissa of Hesse (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of Sophie, sister of Philip, husband of the current queen. Does not merit own wikipedia page.
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Died on this day in 1605 aged 53 Edward Stafford (my toy,wikipedia). Step-son of Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne, wife of Henry VIII. Edward was an MP and was sent to France as a diplomat. He was a *very bad* diplomat and took money from both the French and the Spanish to pass on information to them and to not pass on information he should have been to England. His wife was called Robertsa which is not a name I was previously aware of.

Born on this day in 1999 to Daniel Chatto and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, Arthur Chatto (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grandson of George VI. Today is Arthur's 17th birthday, happy birthday Arthur. Presumably he is still attending Westminster Cathedral choir school, he is currently 23rd in line to the throne, which might be the closest anyone called Arthur has been in a while.
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Died on this day in 2002 aged 94 Sigvard , Count of Wisborg (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-son of Queen Victoria. Sigvard was born a Prince but lost his royal titles when he married a commoner. He worked as an industrial designer and at the time of his death was the longest-lived male descendant of Queen Victoria (his younger brother lived longer though, so he isn't anymore).

Born on this day in 1337 to Peter Bourbon I, Duke of Bourbon and Isabella of Valois, Louis II, Duke of Bourbon (my toy,wikipedia). Gread-grand-son of Philip, father of Margaret, wife of Edward I. Louis had a similar mental illness to Charles VI of France, and probably it's a hereditary condition. He launched an unsuccessful crusade against Tunisian pirates.
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Read: Sharing Knife #4. I read this one just as quickly as the others, which clearly means I found it an enjoyable read; but I find the ending rather disappointing.

Reading: The Tropic of Serpents; Memoirs of Lady Trent #2 by Marie Brennan. I liked the first one so obviously I bought the sequels... so far, so good.

To Read: I got Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen which is the latest in the Vorkosigan Series. Amazon didn't want to sell me the ebook, sucks to be Amazon, so I bought it direct from the publish (Baen) who are very good at selling ebooks directly to everyone.
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Died on this day in 994 aged 57 William IV, Duke of Aquitaine (my toy,wikipedia). Great-great-grand-father of Henry; husband of Matilda who was never Queen. William became Duke when his father retired to a monastery, later he retired to a monastery himself leaving his wife to rule as regent for their young son. In between he went to war with the King of France, and was a terrible husband.

Born on this day in 1266 Richard FitzAlan , 8th Earl of Arundel (my toy,wikipedia). Great-great-grand-father of Mary; wife of Henry IV. Richard was the feudal lord of Oswestry in the Welsh Marches, and was involved in wars in Wales, and also in Scotland.
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Died on this day in 1550 aged 60 Francis Bryan (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Elizabeth, who was by a different husband grandmother of both Katherine Howard and Anne Boleyn, wives of Henry VIII. Francis was not very well behaved and was known as "the vicar of hell", however he managed to remain in the King's good books by always changing his opinions to agree with the King.

Born on this day in 1286 to Joan of Lusignan, Joan de Geneville , 2nd Baroness Geneville (my toy,wikipedia). Mother of Edmund, who married Elizabeth, grand-mother (by a different husband) of Mary, wife of Henry IV. Joan was one of the wealthiest heiresses around when she married Roger Mortimer. Joan was not an active participant in Mortimer's rebellion against the King, but she was imprisoned by the King to punish him for rebelling (how unfair!).
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Died on this day in 1760 aged 77 William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Frederick; husband of Mary; daughter of George II. Fought in the 7 years war on the side of Prussia and Britain.

Born on this day in 1435 to Louis , Duke of Savoy and Anne of Cyprus, Amadeus IX, Duke of Savoy (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Yolande; grand-daughter of Charles; father of Catherine; wife of Henry V. Beatified in 1677. He was a protector of Franciscan friars and endowed several religious houses.
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Died on this day in 1330 aged 63 John I, Marquis of Namur (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Robert, husband of Isabelle, sister of Philippa, wife of Edward III. Had 11 children, didn't do anything interesting.

Born on this day in 1824 to Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld and Maria Johary do Csabrag, Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (my toy,wikipedia). First cousin of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Leopold married a commoner and his children were excluded from the succession. His mother was Hungarian.
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Died on this day in 1384 aged 53 Louis II, Count of Flanders (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-son of Philip; father is Isabella; wife of Edward II. As count of Flanders Louis struggled to balance support for France with support for England (the wool trade with England was important to Flanders, but France was right next door) whilst France was at war with England. He arranged the marriage of his daughter (and heiress) to the Duke of Burgandy, uniting Flanders and Burgundy into a stronger power.

Born on this day in 1768 Amalie of Solms-Baruth (my toy,wikipedia). Mother of Ernst; husband of Feodora; half-sister of Queen Victoria. Appears to have done nothing notable other than have 13 children, which is really quite a lot of children.
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Died on this day in 1465 aged 51 Louis , Duke of Savoy (my toy,wikipedia). Grandfather of Joan; wife of Louis; husband of Mary; sister of Henry VIII. In 1453 he was given the Shroud of Turin, it was held by the house of Savoy until 1946.

Born on this day in 1887 to Wilhelm Hohenzollern II, Kaiser and Princess Augusta of Schleswig-Holstein, Prince August of Prussia (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-son of Queen Victoria. Decided to be a Nazi because maybe the Nazis would make everything great again; blerch.
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Died on this day in 1947 aged 73 Helena Gleichen (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand daughter of Victoria, mother of Queen Victoria. Helena was a painter of landscapes and animals, especially horses. During WWI she worked as a nurse, during WWII her family home was used to store art from the Tate.

Born on this day in 1406 to Guy XIII de Laval and Anne de Laval, Guy XIV de Laval (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Jeanne; wife of Rene; father (by a different wife) of Margaret; wife of Henry VI. Guy was a supporter of Joan of Arc and is famous for writing an account of her life.
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Died on this day in 1510 Thomas Brandon (my toy,wikipedia). Uncle of Charles who married Mary, sister of Henry VIII. Thomas was a diplomat, who was sent to negotiate peace with France. He was later appointed Master of the King's Horse, which title I think of as being full of innuendo...

Born on this day in 1242 to King Bela IV of Hungary and Maria Laskarina, St Margaret of Hungary (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-daughter of Bela; husband of Margaret; wife of Henry the Young King. Margaret was sent to a monastery to be raised, and decided to stay there. She seems to have been into chastising herself and taking on all the dirtiest tasks. Attempts to canonise Margaret after she died failed, and she eventually became a saint in 1943.
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I finish sharing knife #3 and am now on sharking knife #4; the series continues much the same and spoiler spoiler etc. also there is a map (I hadn't spotted that in volume 1) and in volume 3 Our Heroes go On A Journey which is about the most cliche fantasy thing ever, but it isn't really very cliche about it.
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Died on this day in 1425 aged 47 Catherine of Burgundy (my toy,wikipedia). Great-great-great-grand-daughter of Edward I. Married twice, but had no children with either husband.

Born on this day in 1436 to Edmund Beaufort , 2nd Duke of Somerset and Eleanor Beauchamp, Henry Beaufort , 3rd Duke of Somerset (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-son of John of Gaunt; son of Edward III. Fought on the Lancastrian side during the Wars of the Roses.
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Died yesterday in 1595 aged 65 Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grandson of Ferdinand and Isabella, parents of Catherine of Aragon. Secretly married a woman who was not sufficiently noble, his children by this marriage were not permitted to inherit the Duchy. Ferdinand was a Catholic and ensured that Austria remained Catholic after the Reformation.

Born yesterday in 1777 Emmanuel von Mensdorff-Pouilly (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Sophie, sister of Victoria, mother of Queen Victoria. Emmanuel was born to minor French nobility who fled France during the Revolution. He fought with the Austrian army against France.


Died on this day in 1559 aged 77 King Christian II of Denmark (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Isabella, grand-daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, parents of Catherine of Aragon. King of both Denmark and Norway he gained and later lost Sweden. And was eventually overthrown by his Uncle.

Born on this day in 1860 to Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Karoline of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand daughter of Victoria, mother of Queen Victoria. Karoline's older sister married Kaiser Wilhelm II. After the end of WWI and the overthrow of the Hohenzollern dynasty Karoline and her immediate family lived a quiet life in the castle and she died alone except her husband.
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Died on this day in 1374 aged 19 Antonia of Baux (my toy,wikipedia). Half-sister of Margaret, grandmother of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV. Antonia married but had no children.

Born on this day in 1906 to Alexander Cambridge and Princess Alice , Lady May Cambridge (my toy,wikipedia). Great Grand Daughter of Queen Victoria. A very minor member of the Royal Family she had no official duties.
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Died on this day in 1341 aged 62 Louis I, Duke of Bourbon (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-son of Ramon; father of Eleanor; wife of Henry III. Also husband of Mary; aunt of Philippa; wife of Edward III. Louis was a close adviser of two Kings of France. He allegedly suffered from a mental illness of some sort that may have been hereditary latter affecting Charles VI (Louis' great grandson) of France and Henry VI (Charles' grandson) of England.

Born on this day in 1674 to Frederick Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg and Magdalena of Saxe-Weissenfels, Dorothea of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Sister of Frederick; grand-father of George III. Wikipedia has no interesting facts.
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Died on this day in 1398 aged 65 Frederick V, Burgrave of Nuremberg (my toy,wikipedia). Father of John; husband of Margaret; sister of Anne; wife of Richard II. Apparently didn't do anything worth mentioning. I don't know what a Burgrave is.

Born on this day in 1732 Frederik II, Duke of Werttemberg (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Frederick; husband of Charlotte; daughter of George III. Got to be Duke because neither of his elder brothers had sons (they had daughters, stupid salic law). Fought in the 7 years war.
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Read:
Sharing Knife volumes 1 and 2; Bujold

Reading:
Sharing Knife volume 3

So there are some books that I start reading and then I just avoid reading more of because they are boring and then I won't finish them until the other alternative is "watch paint dry".

And there are some books that I'll happily read at the times I usually set aside for reading, and then eventually I'll finish.

and then there are some books that I find really hard to put down and will insist on reading at times I'm supposed to be doing something else... like sleeping, or running, or getting back to work. These books are in this last category. Really really hard to put down! At least for me.
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Died on this day in 1386 Aline (my toy,wikipedia). Sister of Richard; grandfather of Mary who married Henry IV. Aline doesn't get her own wiki page, just a mention that she married.

Born on this day in 1862 to Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Gerhard of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-son of Victoria, mother of Queen Victoria. Died less than three months later.
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Died on this day in 1607 aged 78 Anne Morgan (my toy,wikipedia). Wife of Henry Carey, son of Mary Boleyn (it is speculated that he was the son of Henry VIII but this is probably just idle speculation), sister of Anne, wife of Henry VIII. Anne's family were of Welsh origin and not noble, Henry was made a Baron and Anne became one of Elizabeth I's ladies in waiting.

Born on this day in 1900 to Prince Henry of Prussia and Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine, Prince Heinrich of Prussia (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-son of Queen Victoria. Heinrich died after falling off a chair aged only 4, he had haemophilia which made what might have been "only" a bit of a painful bash into a fatal injury.
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Died on this day in 1411 aged 57 Jobst of Moravia (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of John; grandfather of Anne; wife of Richard II . King of the Romans, Margrave of Moravia, Duke of Luxembourg, and Elector of Brandenburg... certainly did stack up those titles!

Born on this day in 1866 to Ernst 4th Prince of Leiningen and Marie of Baden, Emich 5th Prince of Leiningen (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-son of Victoria; mother of Queen Victoria. Emich was born on the Isle of Wight, not clear if he ever actually went to Leiningen.
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Died on this day in 1168 aged 69 Thierry Metz , Count of Flanders (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Sibylla; sister of Geoffrey; husband of Matilda who was never Queen. Thierry met his wife while on pilgrimage in Jerusalem (her father was King of Jerusalem at the time). He spent quite a lot of time on pilgrimage or Crusade, Flanders got invaded whilst he was away at one point (but his wife retaliated and chased the invaders off).

Born on this day in 1433 to Peter Aviz , Duke of Coimba and Isabella of Urgell, James of Coimba (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-son of John of Gaunt (son of Edward III). James was a Portuguese Infante and a Bishop and Cardinal in the Roman Catholic church.
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Died on this day in 1265 aged 33 Elisabeth of Wroclaw (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand daughter of Bela; husband of Margaret; wife of Henry the Young King (who keeps cropping up in these bits recently!). Elizabeth grew up in a monastery until she was kidnapped by her brother and married off to the Duke of Greater Poland.

Born on this day in 1093 Isaac Komnenos (my toy,wikipedia). Father-in-law of Agnes, half sister of Margaret, wife of Henry the Young King (seriously! clearly I'm going through a patch of her relatives!) .Brother and uncle of Byzantine Emperors. As well as being a warrior Isaac was a scholar and poet.
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Died on this day in 1402 Joanna of Bar (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-daughter of Edward I. Does not merit own wiki page.

Born on this day in 1863 to Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Laura Seymour, Edward Gleichen (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-son of Victoria, mother of Queen Victoria. Served in various armies all over Africa and then with the British army during WWI.
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Died on this day in 1163 aged 32 King Ladislaus II of Hungary (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Geza; father of Bela; husband of Margaret; previously wife of Henry the Young King. Ladislaus was King of Hungary and Croatia, when his older brother was King Ladislaus lived in exile in Constantinople, when has brother died Ladislaus returned to Hungary and took the crown from his young nephew.

Born on this day in 1131 to Ingeborg of Kiev, King Valdemar I of Denmark (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Ingeborg who married Philip; son of Louis; husband of Eleanor; later wife of Henry II. Valdemar seems to have spent much of his life fighting civil wars in Denmark.
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Read:

The Harvest; Chuck Wendig.

This is #3 in the Heartland trilogy. I enjoyed the other two, and I enjoyed this one as well but I expect it wouldn't work as a standalone. It is YA SF in the currently common "teens fight against a dystopia" model.

Reading:

Beguilement; Bujold

This is #1 in the Sharing Knife series. I've not got hugely far into it but so far am enjoying it (not a surprise, I usually find Bujold's prose compelling). This book needs to come with trigger warnings for "attempted rape" and "miscarriage".
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Died on this day in 1182 aged 31 Agnes of Austria (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-daughter of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor; father of Henry V; husband of Matilda who was never Queen. Also she married King Stephen of Hungary; brother of Bela; husband of Margaret; who was previously married to Henry the Young King. Agnes' marriage to Stephen did not last long (he died) and she returned to Austria and later married the Duke of Carinthia, now mostly part of Austria.

Born on this day in 1334 King Henry II of Castile (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Eleanor; husband of Charles; brother of Joan; husband of Henry IV. Henry was an illegitimate son of Alfonso XI, his legitimate half brother claimed the throne on Alfonso's death, but Henry took it off him by force of arms. This was a terrible outcome for the Jews of Castile who were forced to hand over huge amounts of money to pay for the mercenaries that he hired to take the country off his brother.
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Died on this day in 1405 aged 60 Eleanor Maltravers , 2nd Baroness Maltravers (my toy,wikipedia). Married John, brother of Joan, mother of Mary who married Henry IV and was mother of Henry V. After John died Eleanor married Reynold Cobham, Reynold was a cousin of hers and they were divorced on the grounds of consanguinity, they later re-married after obtaining proper dispensation from the archbishop; so apparently you get be divorced without your consent... (presumably so the church could shake you down for money).

Born on this day in 1530 to Charles III, Duke of Savoy and Beatrice of Portugal, Marie (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand-daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, parents of Catherine of Aragon, wife of Henry VIII. Died aged only 1, money was no defense against disease.
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Died on this day in 1923 aged 54 King Constantine I of Greece (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Christian IX of Denmark, father of Alexandra, wife of Edward VII. King of Greece during WWI, started out quite popular, ended up in exile.

Born on this day in 1673 to Christian , Duke of Holstein-Gottorp and Princess Frederica of Denmark, Christian of Holstein-Gottorp (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Frederick III of Norway and Denmark, father of George, husband of Queen Anne.
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Died on this day in 1981 aged 33 Prince Welf of Hanover (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Alice, mother of Philip, husband of the current Queen. At some point a tradition got started of giving royal children lots and lots of names. Welf had 9 forenames. He and his wife became followers of a syncretic movement led by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and moved to India to live at his ashram.

Born on this day in 1520 to Claude Lorraine , Duke of Guise and Antoinette de Bourbon, Louise of Guise (my toy,wikipedia). Sister of Mary who married James V of Scotland (grandfather of James VI & I). Does not merit own wiki page.
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Died on this day in 1217 aged 38 Sybille (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-daughter of Fulk of Jerusalem whose son Geoffrey married Matilda who was never Queen . Does not merit her own wiki page.

Born on this day in 1982 Catherine Middleton (my toy,wikipedia). Wife of William, grandson of Elizabeth II. Catherine and William met at university, which is a much more ordinary sort of way to meet and decide to marry than has been historically the norm for members of the royal family.
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Died on this day in 1538 aged 0 John (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand son of Ferdinand II of Aragon, who was the father of Catherine of Aragon (wife of Henry VIII). Died aged only a month, in the 16th century infant mortality was high and "being rich" was no guarantee of escaping it.

Born on this day in 1863 to Prince Carl II of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Maria Grathwohl, Viktoria von Bronn (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-daughter of Victoria who was the mother of Queen Victoria (through a different husband). Her parents had married morganatically so Viktoria and her siblings had no claim to royal status but inherited their mother's style of Baron(ess) which she was given when she married.
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Died on this day in 1451 aged 67 Felix V, Antipope (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-son of King John II of France who was father of Joan of Valois who was mother of Joan of Navarre who married Henry IV (so Felix and Joan of Navarre were 1st cousins once removed). Born Amadeus VIII of Savoy he married and had several children, after the death of his wife he resigned the dukedom and became a hermit, before being elected Pope in Basel in opposition to Eugene IV. In 1449 he gave up trying to be pope and accepted a position as cardinal.

Born on this day in 1378 William Moleyns (my toy,wikipedia). William was the father of Katherine Moleyns who married John Howard (William doesn't merit a wiki-page, so that's a link to John Howard's page with the note about his wife & her parents) Katherine was the great-grand-mother of the Katherine Howard who married Henry VIII.
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Reading:
The Harvest by Chuck Wendig

This is volume 3 of the Heartland Trilogy, it succeeds in being More Of The Same. But you shouldn't start here!

WoIaF: finished the bit about all the places in Westeros, now onto not!Westeros. This book has very pretty pictures

WoTC: not read much (still on A), this book has a lack of pretty pictures and a lot of very dull entries, but the entries for the more major characters are very interesting. Big Book Of Spoilers, so really.... don't start here.

I have decided to revive my GoodReads account this year, if anyone is on there and would like to be my friend...

I've decided not to do any of those "read a book that..." challenges, because my To Read Pile is sky high as it is ;-p
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Died on this day in 1398 aged 72 Rupert II, Elector Palatine (my toy,wikipedia). Grandfather of Louis who married Blanche, daughter of Henry IV; also an ancestor of Mary Queen of Scots and thus of James VI & I and subsequent English monarchs. Threw Jews and Prostitutes out of the Palatinate, confiscating all their stuff, which he bequeathed to the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg (how generous...) which is still a university.

Born on this day in 1900 to King Ferdinand of Romania and Princess Marie of Edinburgh, Maria of Romania (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-daughter of Queen Victoria. Married the King of Yugoslavia, but got chucked out (and had all her stuff confiscated) by the Communists; she moved to England where she lived a very normal life (for royalty) even driving her own car.
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Died on this day in 1400 aged 50 John Montacute , 3rd Earl of Salisbury (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-father of Richard Neville, known as the Kingmaker, whose daughter Anne married Richard III. He fought successfully in France and Prussia (or at least successfully enough that he didn't get dead), and was one of the main advocates for Richard II's marriage to Isabella of Valois. After the overthrow of Richard II by Henry Bollingbroke (later the IV) John was imprisoned, attainted, and later executed.

Born on this day in 1909 to King Ferdinand of Romania and Princess Marie of Edinburgh, Princess Ileana of Romania (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-daughter of Queen Victoria. Daughter of the King of Romania, Ileana married the Archduke of Austria. She was involved in the Girl Guiding movement, and was Chief of the Romanian Girl Guides until she married and moved to Austria, where she became involved with local Guiding until the Nazis banned it. After the War she moved back to Romania, a bad move because Romania soon became communist and threw them out, she went back to Austria, then Switzerland, and then Argentina, and finally America. She eventually divorced her husband (they'd been separated since the war) married and divorced again and became an Orthodox monastic, eventually becoming Mother Superior of a convent she founded.
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Died on this day in 1256 aged 80 Bernhard von Spanheim (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Judith, who was the grand-daughter of Bela who married Margaret who had previously been married to Henry the Young King (England's only Junior King) . Bernhard was Duke of Carinthia which is in Austria and Slovenia and was previously part of the Duchy of Bavaria (which I guess was quite big at the time).

Born on this day in 1740 Ernestine of Saxe-Weimar (my toy,wikipedia). Mother of Sophie, who married Franz, who was the father of Victoria (by a different wife) who was the mother of Queen Victoria. Ernestine enjoyed music (and played several instruments) and hunting (on foot and on horse) and often wore trousers and rode astride.
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Died on this day in 1448 aged 4 Anne Beauchamp , 15th Countess of Warwick (my toy,wikipedia). Great-great-grand-daughter of both Edmund of Langley and John of Gaunt (sons of Edward III). Anne inherited the Earldom of Warwick aged only 2 when her father died, but did not have it for long. She was succeeded by her father's sister Anne who married Richard Neville, the Kingmaker. In England we have Earls, not Counts, but lady-Earls and wives-of-Earls are Countesses; I wonder why Earl lacks a feminine form.

Born on this day in 1290 Constance of Portugal (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of the King of Portugal, Constance married the King of Castile. She was the Great-grand-mother of Isabella who married Edmund of Langley (son of Edward III).
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Died on this day in 1184 Theodora Komnene (my toy,wikipedia). Married Henry, Duke of Austria, son of Agnes, sister of Henry V who married Matilda who was never quite Queen. She was the daughter of Andronikos, the son of the Byzantine Emperor John II Komnenos. I think that currently Byzantium is as far East as I get, I'm thinking of adding location-of-birth (where known) and trying to get up some sort of map to show where people are from, so far AFAIC-Remember I've got people from all over Europe, a few from America (one King of Brazil who was born in Portugal, so maybe some more Brazilian people), Byzantium and Russia (Moscow and Kiev), some people who lived in Australia but not sure any who were born there. I'm sorta hoping that I'll find people from many more places eventually, technically everyone is related ;-p but the vast majority of the necessary information won't be in wikipedia of course.

Born on this day in 1755 to Ernest Wettin , Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld and Princess Sophie of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, Ludwig (my toy,wikipedia). Ludwig is one of many people in my database who don't merit their own wikipedia page, thus you can see that not only is this project clearly finite it doesn't even encompass all-known-people... I doubt I'm anything like done though, sure there's a lot of people without wikipedia pages but I haven't yet stopped finding Interesting People who had a dozen children all interesting enough to merit wiki pages recording all their children. Ludwig was the brother of Franz who was the Grandfather of Queen Victoria.
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Last year I did the people at the top of the list (adjusting occasionally for greater interest), this year I shall do the people at the bottom... (the list is ordered by index-number which started with Alfred the Cake through to Liz II and then the spouses of all those people and then began a breadth first search, so not strictly by "interestingness")

Died on this day in 1496 aged 37 Charles, Count of Angouleme (my toy,wikipedia). Grandfather of Madeleine of Valois who married James V of Scotland who was, by a different wife, Grandfather of James VI & I. Charles' son Francis became Francis I of France, because of Salic law, Charles was the great-grand-son of Charles V (Charles V was succeeded by his son Charles VI then his son Charles VII then his son Louis XI then his son Charles VIII then by Louis XII who was a great-grand-son of Charles V and then by Francis I again going back up to Charles V; due to a combination of people having no or only 1 son and infant mortality)

Born on this day in 1236 to Amice de Clare, Baldwin , 7th Earl of Devon (my toy,wikipedia). Married Avita, whose sister Beatrice was mother of Eleanor who married Henry III. Died when Henry III invaded France.
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Died on this day in 1705 aged 67 Catherine of Braganza (my toy,wikipedia). Wife of Charles II. Catherine was the daughter of the King of Portugal, allegedly she introduced tea drinking to the English court, a habit which was common in Portugal. She was also Catholic, which made her unpopular in Protestant England.

Born on this day in 1504 to King Manuel I of Portugal and Maria of Aragon, Beatrice of Portugal (my toy,wikipedia). Niece of Catherine of Aragon (wife of Henry VIII). Beatrice was the daughter of the King of Portugal, and married the Duke of Savoy.
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All the books I finished this year...

I read 60 books this year, by a total of 35 authors of whole-books and a number of other authors of parts-of-books (mostly shorts in collections). 52 were some sort of SFF, and 1 a book of lit-crit *about* SFF books... (3 were history, 2 comics, 1 autobiography, and 1 a book about rock climbing safety). 36 were by individual authors who are women (Seanan McGuire features... heavily), and 18 by individual authors who are men (the others were by multiple authors), 7 were by authors I can identify as non-white from their wikipedia entries (not everyone puts their racial identity on their biography).
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Read:

Sorcerer to the Crown; Zen Cho

This was tolerably interesting, I found the language somewhat stilted but less so than Strange and Norrel. Regency England but with MAGIC is I suppose a sub-genre quite firmly here to stay. Happily Napoleon does not feature. This is the author's first fantasy novel.

A Natural History of Dragons: a Memoir by Lady Trent; Marie Brennan

This is Industrial Revolution BUT WITH DRAGONS (what a nice change from the Regency), although the setting is a fantasy world (there a trains, that makes it Industrial Revolution, obviously). There are DRAGONS, and a young lady determined to pursue scholarship in the face of Patriarchy. Also there is intrigue and suspense &c &c I liked this so much I straight away bought the sequels when I had finished (there are currently three books in the series, I don't know if there will be more).

Reading:
A World of Ice and Fire
Wheel of Time Companion

Both of these are chock full of SPOILERS for their respective series and of interest only to the dedicated fan; WoIaF is more accessible being full of gorgeous pictures and written as history text; WoTC reads like a dictionary/encyclopedia and has hundreds of entries of the form "Jo Blogs; Rand met him once in Caemlyn" alongside the rather more interesting (and SPOILERIFIC) ones about Our Heroes/Villains/McGuffins/&c. Also I have both of these in paper form, so will be forever about reading them as they are heavy.
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Died on this day in 1436 aged 58 Louis III , Elector Palatine (my toy,wikipedia). Married Blanche, daughter of Henry IV. This marriage brought the Palatine Crown into the hands of the Witelsbachs, the crown is the oldest crown known to have been in England, it was likely not made for Blanche but for Anne of Bohemia (wife of Richard II) in Bohemia or Venice or Paris... It is currently in Munich and I don't remember whether I've actually seen it or not (I remember reading about it in the museum near Neuschwanstein)

Born on this day in 1578 to King Frederick II of Denmark and Norway and Sophie of Mecklenburg-Gustrow, Ulrik of Denmark (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Anne who married James VI & I. Ulrik was Prince-Bishop of Schwerin, and is buried in Roskilde, I definitely didn't see the Cathedral there, but it is a nice place.
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Died on this day in 1765 aged 15 Prince Frederick of Great Britain (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of George II. died tragically young. The painting illustrates how young boys were dressed in skirts, a much more practical choice when nappies were... notsogood.

Born on this day in 1717 to Anton Saxe-Meiningen , Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and Philippine , Princess Antonie of Saxe-Meiningen (my toy,wikipedia). Half sister of George father of Adelaide who married William IV. Does not merit own wiki page. Daughter of the Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and a lady-in-waiting of his sister (whom he married, in a very unequal marriage, which appears to have been happy).
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Died on this day in 1848 aged 54 Augustus d'Este (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of George III. Augustus' parents were married in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act, so the law considered that they weren't married at all and he was illegitimate. He campaigned for rights for native Americans. Augustus is the earliest recorded person who can definitively be diagnosed with MS, he recorded his symptoms extensively in his diaries.

Born on this day in 1635 to King Charles I of England and Henrietta of France, Princess Elizabeth Stuart (my toy,wikipedia). Elizabeth spent most of her short life as a prisoner of Parliament.
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Died on this day in 1663 aged 57 Christine of France (my toy,wikipedia). Sister of Henrietta who married Charles I. Christine's mother was Marie d'Medici, her father was the King of France. She married the Duke of Savoy, and after his death was regent for their son.

Born on this day in 1390 to Roger Mortimer , 4th Earl of March and Alianore Holland, Anne de Mortimer (my toy,wikipedia). Grand-mother of Edward IV. She married Richard, her 2nd cousin twice removed, without her parents' consent (papal dispensation was later given, which suggests it was required, whether that's the related-ness or the lack-of-consent I don't know).

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