Jan. 30th, 2016

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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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