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Died on this day in 1281 aged 56 Gertrude of Hohenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Great great grand mother of Anne, wife of Richard II. Queen consort of Germany.

Born on this day in 1620 to Elizabeth of the Palatinate, Frederick , Elector of Brandenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Grand father of Frederick, husband of Sophia, daughter of George I. A religiously tolerant Calvinist, promoter of trade, and frequently at war.
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Died on this day in 1526 aged 66 Charles Somerset , 1st Earl of Worcester (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Elizabeth, daughter of Mary, sister of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV; also illegitimate son of Henry, descendant of John of Gaunt.

Born on this day in 1407 Jacob , Margrave of Baden-Baden (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Catherine, sister of Isabella, mother of Margaret, wife of Henry VI. Fame for his justice and intelligence, Jacob was a very religious man and founded many churches. Also, after his sister fled a nasty inheritance dispute, which cost him some territorial claim, he imprisoned her - this does not seem just! or intelligent! or virtuous!
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apparently I'm really bad at weekends...

Saturday:

Died on this day in 996 aged 46 Odo I, Count of Blois (my toy,wikipedia). Great great grand father of King Stephen. Remembered mostly for fighting people.

Born on this day in 1500 to Richard Pole and Margaret of York, Reginald Pole , Cardinal Pole (my toy,wikipedia). Great great great grandson of John of Gaunt, Reginald's grandfather was the brother of Edward IV. Reginald worked to depose Henry VIII after he split with the Catholic church, to this end the Pope made him a Cardinal. Reginald helped organize the Pilgrimage of Grace. He spent many years in exile, but returned to England when Mary became Queen, after this he was ordained (you can be a cardinal without, apparently) and because ++Canterbury.

Sunday:

Died on this day in 1490 aged 21 Charles I, Duke of Savoy (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Charles, brother of Isabella, wife of Richard II. Charles managed to get himself declared King of Cyprus and Armenia, but he never actually held the territory.

Born on this day in 1271 to King Rudolf I of Germany and Gertrude of Hohenburg, Judith of Hapsburg (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand mother of Anne, wife of Richard II. Judith was married off to the King of Bohemia at a very young age, this appears to have been less disastrous that it could have been.


Monday:

Died on this day in 1443 aged 60 John , Count Palatine of Neumarkt (my toy,wikipedia). Uncle of Isabella, mother of Margaret, wife of Henry VI.

Born on this day in 1880 to Frederick VIII of Denmark and Louise of Sweden, Princess Thyra of Denmark and Iceland (my toy,wikipedia). Niece of Alexandra, wife of Edward VII.

(neither of today's people have anything interesting on their wiki pages)
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Died on this day in 1503 aged 23 John Stewart , Earl of Mar (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of James IV, great grand father of James VI & I. Not much is known of his life.

Born on this day in 1530 to John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony and Sibylle of Cleves, Johann Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Weimar (my toy,wikipedia). Son of Sibylle, sister of Anne, wife of Henry VIII. When Johann Wilhelm's father died Saxony was divided between his three sons, who spent pretty much their entire lives fighting over bits of it... yaaaaay.
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Died on this day in 1572 aged 89 William Paulet , 1st Marquess of Winchester (my toy,wikipedia). Father of John who married Elizabeth, sister of Jane wife of Henry VIII. William had a long career as a courtier, holding many positions. He was a friend of Cromwell (of Wolf Hall fame...).

Born on this day in 1682 William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Frederick who married Mary, daughter of George II. William was his father's 7th son, but for some reason inherited anyway (one of his older brothers was too busy being King of Sweden, I expect the others died).
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Died on this day in 1301 aged 35 Richard FitzAlan , 8th Earl of Arundel (my toy,wikipedia). Great great grandfather of Mary, wife of Henry IV. Feudal lord of Oswestry, he fought the Welsh when they decided they didn't like being ruled by the English. Richard's wife was Italian, contact with Europe was not confined to the royal family.

Born on this day in 1672 to John Hanover , Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg and Benedicta of the Palatinate, Henriette of Brunswick-Luneburg (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of John, brother of Earnest, father of George I. Does not merit own wikipage.
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Read:
Seveneves. Stephenson.

So, I read this entire nearly 700 page novel in less than a week. Very hard for me to put down. My main criticism is that I would expect to see much more change in 5000 years, I mean 5000 years ago Stonehenge was being built.

Reading:
Future Visions, a collection of short stories inspired by Microsoft.

I'm reading this because Anne Leckie and Seanan McGuire both have stories in it. So far so good.
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Died on this day in 1594 aged 53 Elisabeth of Simmern-Sponheim (my toy,wikipedia). Wife of John, son of Sibylle, sister of Anne of Cleves, wife of Henry VIII. John was captured by the Holy Roman Emperor, and Elisabeth spent many years petitioning to have him freed, she later moved into captivity with him.

Born on this day in 1263 to King Afonso III of Portugal, Afonso of Portugal (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Violante, daughter of Manuel, half brother of Eleanor, wife of Edward I.
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yesterday:


Died on this day in 1599 aged 53 Elizabeth Stafford (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of William Stafford by his second wife, his first wife was Mary, sister of Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII. During the reign of Mary the protestant Staffords lived in Geneva, they returned to London when Elizabeth became Queen and Elizabeth Stafford became a Lady of the Bedchamber.

Born on this day in 1402 Louis I, Landrgrave of Hesse (my toy,wikipedia). Great-great-grand-father of Anne of Cleves, wife of Henry VIII. Doesn't appear to have done anything of interest.

today:

Died on this day in 1596 aged 48 George I, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (my toy,wikipedia). Great-great-grand-father of George I of England.

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). Sister of Frederick, father of Augusta, mother of George III. Doesn't even merit own wikipedia page.
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Died on this day in 1505 aged 38 Philip of Cleves (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of John, Grandfather of Anne, wife of Henry VIII. Philip was a bishop of Nevers, Amiens, and Autun (not all at the same time).

Born on this day in 1364 to William Julich II, Duke of Julich and Marie , William V, Duke of Julich (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Joanna, sister of Phillipa, wife of Edward III. William's rule was full of chivalry, and he has been cited as the "ideal knight", obviously this meant he spent much of his reign at war - going on crusades, fighting in the 100 years war, etc.
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Died on this day in 1426 aged 36 Catherine of Pomerania (my toy,wikipedia). Grand-daughter of Bogislaw, grand father of Anne, wife of Richard II. Catherine and her brother were adopted by their Grand-aunt, I'm not clear on why, although this resulted in her brother becoming King of Denmark/Sweden/Norway. It was apparently planned to send Catherine to a convent, but she was eventually married off.

Born on this day in 1715 James Waldegrave , 2nd Earl Waldegrave (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Maria, who later married William, grandson of George II. Very briefly prime-minister.
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Died on this day in 1551 aged 50 Thomas Wentworth , 1st Baron Wentworth (my toy,wikipedia). Nephew of Margery, mother of Jane, wife of Henry VIII.

Born on this day in 1455 to King Afonso V of Portugal and Isabella of Coimba, King John II of Portugal (my toy,wikipedia). Great great grand son of John of Gaunt. Also father of Afonso, husband of Isabella, sister of Catherine, wife of Henry VIII. John consolidated power for himself, revoking the privileges of the nobility (about which they were obviously unhappy!)
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Read:
The Lie Tree
young Victorian girl doing SCIENCE and also INVESTIGATING with the titular tree being the only fantastic element. Very much enjoyed.

Reading:
Seveneves, Stephenson
I'm trying to read things that came out last year that I might like in order to Hugo-nominate. I usually like Stephenson and so far I'm liking this too.
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Died on this day in 1333 aged 72 King Wladyslaw I of Poland (my toy,wikipedia). Great great grand father of Anne, wife of Richard II. Known as "the elbow high" because he was short. Wlodyslaw had to fight his relatives to get to be King and then he had to fight the Teutonic Knights. So that all sounds like fun then.

Born on this day in 1635 to Thomas of Savoy and Marie of Bourbon, Eugene , Count of Soissons (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand son of Philip, husband of Mary I. A military man and a diplomat, Eugene was present at the coronation of Charles II as ambassador of France.
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Died on this day in 1399 aged 74 Marie of Brabant (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand daughter of Edward I. Does not merit own wiki page.

Born on this day in 1432 to Peter Aviz , Duke of Coimba and Isabella of Urgell, Isabella of Coimba (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand daughter of John of Gaunt, son of Edward III. Isabella married her first cousin, the King of Portugal.
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oops, once again busy weekend

Saturday

Died on this day in 1658 aged 69 Adolf I, Duke of Mecklenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand father of Charlotte, wife of George III. During the 20 years war he was ousted from his dukedom after siding with Sweden, later Sweden helped him take it back.

Born on this day in 1427 to Louis III , Elector Palatine and Matilda of Savoy, Ruprecht of the Palatinate (my toy,wikipedia). Son of Louis, husband of Margaret (this Louis was the son of a different wife), daughter of Henry IV. Archbishop of Cologne.


Sunday

Died on this day in 1572 aged 38 Catherine of Austria (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, parents of Catherine, wife of Henry VIII. Catherine married King Sigismund of Poland, who had previously been married to her (now deceased) sister. She didn't want to marry him, and he didn't really want to marry her, but family pressure prevailed... the marriage was not happy and she eventually returned to Vienna, but they did not divorce.

Born on this day in 1616 to Louis Hesse-Darmstadt V, Landrgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt and Magdalene of Brandenburg, Frederick of Hesse-Darmstadt (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Anne, great grand mother of George I. Born a Lutheran he converted to Catholicism and became a Spanish Admiral and then a Cardinal... interesting life.


Today

no deaths on the 29th Feb

Born on this day in 1964 to Angus Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra , James Ogilvy (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand son of George V. James is still alive, so today is his 13th birthday, happy birthday James.
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Died on this day in 1587 aged 35 Magdalene of Lippe (my toy,wikipedia). Great-great-grand-mother of George I. Magdalene was pious, and benevolent, and had 10 children in 15 years of marriage. Perfect Woman. Apparently didn't manage to fit much else in.

Born on this day in 1869 to Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein and Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, Albert Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg , Duke of Schleswig-Holstein (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Queen Victoria. Albert went to school in England, but whilst his brother joined the English army he joined the Prussian. When WWI started Albert was excused from the actual fighting, and he spent the war at HQ in Berlin.
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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, wife of Henry VIII. Christian was King of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden (which have been variously all-one-country and at-war-with-each-other over the years). He was deposed by his uncle and went into exile in the Netherlands, from whence he attempted to retake his throne, at which he failed, and ended up imprisoned.

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.
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Read:

Voyage of the Basilisk. Dragons! A round-the-world trip on a sailing ship (just like Charles Darwin!) Dragons! Excitement, peril, SCIENCE (of dragons), etc. I am very much enjoying these books (don't start here).

Reading:

The Lie Tree. I heard good things, so now I am reading it. But I've only just started, so no opinion yet.
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Died on this day in 1595 aged 65 Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand son of Ferdinand and Isabella, parents of Catherine, first wife of Henry VIII. Ferdinand married a commoner secretly and morganetically. He collected a lot of art, and spent rather more money than he had on it.

Born on this day in 1777 Emmanuel von Mensdorff-Pouilly (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Sophie, sister of Victoria, mother of Queen Victoria. Emmanuel was an officer in the Prussian army, and fought against Napoleon.
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Died on this day in 1257 aged 36 Constance of Wroclaw (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-daughter of Bela, husband of Margaret, wife (previously) of Henry the Young King. Before we had an EU we did European Integration by marrying our royalty off to their royalty... this was less good at preventing wars than the current method.

Born on this day in 1856 to Claude Bowes-Lyon and Frances Smith, Francis Bowes-Lyon (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Claude, father of Elizabeth, mother of the current Queen.
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Ooops, busy weekend


Saturday:

Died on this day in 1054 aged 76 Grand Prince Yaroslav I of Kiev (my toy,wikipedia). Allegedly the father of Agatha, wife of Edward the Exile, son of Edmund Ironside; more certainly father of Anne who married Henry I of France whose descendants include many Kings of England. Yaroslav began his reign by fighting his brother for Kiev. He went on to fight lots of other people including the Byzantine Empire.

Born on this day in 1375 to King Rupert of Germany and Elisabeth of Nuremberg, Rupert Pipan (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Margaret, grandmother of Margaret, wife of Henry VI. Does not merit own wiki page.


Sunday:

Died on this day in 1655 aged 48 John of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Frederick, father of Anne, wife of James VI & I.

Born on this day in 1462 to King Henry IV of Castile and Joan of Portugal, Joanna (my toy,wikipedia). Great great granddaughter of John of Gaunt, son of Edward III. Joan was a Portugese Infanta by birth, and married the King of Castile (her second cousin). Joan had a daughter (also Joan) possibly with her husband and possibly with a lover. She was banished from the court and later divorced after having two (more?) illegitimate children with a lover.


Today:

Died on this day in 1131 aged 28 Judith of Bavaria (my toy,wikipedia). Wife of Frederick, grandson of Henry, father of Henry, husband of Matilda who was never Queen. Judith's marriage to the Duke of Swabia was meant to bring the house of Welf and the Swabians closer together, but after her father refused to support her husband in his quest to be Holy Roman Emperor the two families Fell Out, which had ongoing consequences in Germany.

Born on this day in 1837 Leopoldine of Baden (my toy,wikipedia). Wife of Hermann, grandson of Victoria, mother of Queen Victoria.
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Died on this day in 1682 aged 65 Frederick of Hesse-Darmstadt (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Anne, grandmother of Sophia Dorothea, wife of George I. Frederick was born a Lutheran but converted to Catholicism. As a young man he was a soldier, ending up as an Admiral in the Spanish navy... he later became a priest and then a cardinal.

Born on this day in 1399 to Bernard ? VII, Count of Armagnac and Bonne of Berry, Bonne of Armagnac (my toy,wikipedia). Wife of Charles, husband (not at the same time) of Isabella, wife (not at the same time) of Richard II. Bonne married aged only 11, 5 years later Charles was taken prisoner at Agincourt, and she never saw him again. As all this (not at the same time) suggests, blended families are not a new thing, and people have always remarried after bereavement or divorce.
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Died on this day in 1948 aged 91 Francis Bowes-Lyon (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Claude.

Born on this day in 1919 to John Bowes-Lyon and Fenella Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, Nerissa Bowes-Lyon (my toy,wikipedia). Grand-daughter of Claude.

Claude Bowes-Lyon was the father of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the mother of the current Queen. Neither Francis nor Nerissa merit their own wikipedia pages. Nerissa is a fabulous name.
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Read:
Gentleman Jole.

I <3 this book. I think it probably makes really quite a lot more sense if you have read the other Vorkosigan books though, so probably not a good place to begin.

Reading:
Voyage of the Basilisk (#3 in the memoirs of Lady Trent)

MOAR DRAGONS. YISSSSSS.
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Died on this day in 1500 aged 28 William II, Landgrave of Hesse (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Matilda, grandmother of Anne, wife of Henry VIII. William died after falling off his horse (ouch).

Born on this day in 1524 to Claude Lorraine , Duke of Guise and Antoinette de Bourbon, Charles de Lorraine (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Mary of Guise, mother of Mary Queen of Scots, mother of James VI & I. Charles was a Cardinal, and he founder Reims University (which closed during the French Revolution).
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Died on this day in 1281 aged 56 Gertrude of Hohenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Great-great-grand-mother of Anne, wife of Richard II.

Born on this day in 1620 to Elizabeth of the Palatinate, Frederick , Elector of Brandenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Grandfather of Frederick, husband of Sophia, daughter of George I. After the end of the Thirty Years War Frederick was left in charge of war-ravaged Brandenburg-Prussia, he did rather well at getting it back on its feet (and his son made Prussia a Kingdom).
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Died on this day in 1417 aged 31 Richard de Vere (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Alice, grand-daughter of John of Gaunt (son of Edward III). Richard married two women, both called Alice, which presumably avoided any confusion over saying the wrong name...

Born on this day in 1655 to Frederick , Elector of Brandenburg and Louise of Nassau, Charles (my toy,wikipedia).Grandson of Frederick, grandfather of William III (so, er, second cousin of William III). Charles was the heir apparent to the eloctorate of Brandenburg. Alas he died of dysentery on campaign.
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Died on this day in 1459 aged 73 Stephen , Count Palatine of Simmern-Zweibrucken (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Margaret, grand mother of Margaret who married Henry VI. Stephen was buried in the Cathedral of the Teutonic Knights in Meisenheim. Wikipedia fails to have an "in popular culture" note for the Teutonic Knights... I mostly remember them from Alexander Nevski.

Born on this day in 1313 Thomas de Beauchamp , 11th Earl of Warwick (my toy,wikipedia). Great-great-grand-father of Anne, wife of Richard III. Thomas was one of the founding knights of the Order of the Garter.
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Died on this day in 1530 aged 56 Eleanor Percy (my toy,wikipedia). Wife of Edward, son of Catherine, sister of Elizabeth Woodville. Eleanor had four children with her husband before he was beheaded for alleged conspiracy against the King, he was attainted and so the Dukedom of Buckingham was forefeit and her children lost their inheritance (her son did win back some of the land, but not the Dukedom). She remarried, to a man about whom wikipedia is silent except for his name.

Born on this day in 1602 William V, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Charlotte, wife of Charles, grandson of James VI and I. William inherited during the thirty years war, and things didn't get much better for him.
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Died on this day in 1517 aged 29 Queen Catherine of Navarre (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand daughter of Charles, father of Catherine, wife of Henry V. Catherine became Queen after the death of her brother. Her Uncle claimed that Salic Law ought to apply and started a civil war (Catherine's Grandmother had been Queen, it is clear that Navarre did not hold with Salic law! but I guess, any reason to start a war!). Catherine had 13 children.

Born on this day in 1932 to King Olav V of Norway and Princess Martha of Sweden, Princess Astrid of Norway (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-daughter of Edward VII. Princess Astrid is still alive. She married a divorced commoner (wikipedia does not note there being any problems with this), he died last year. She is the older sister of the current King of Norway (so they hadn't fixed gender-neutral inheritance, in 1991 then... dunno if they have now). She knits.
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Died on this day in 1484 aged 51 George of Baden (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Charles; grandfather of Margaret; wife of Henry VI. Bishop of Metz.

Born on this day in 1466 to King Edward IV of England and Elizabeth Woodville, Elizabeth of York (my toy,wikipedia). Wife of Henry VII.
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Read:
Tropic of Serpents, a Memoir by Lady Trent; Marie Brennan

continuing this fictional memoir. This is Victorian Naturalists BUT WITH DRAGONS, it's set in a different world one main difference is that THERE ARE DRAGONS but also everywhere has different names and the main religion in the not-Europe seems more Jewish than Christian in influence. This installment adds a second woman to the main cast (which is quite a *small* main cast, of Intrepid Naturalists)

Reading:
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen; Bujold.

This is a Cordelia novel. YAAAAAAY for Cordelia. It is less... hectic than a Miles novel and vastly less FULL OF STUPID than the Ivan book. My favorite thing so far is finding out that (spoilers) Pbeqryvn vf n yvne, naq gur zbfg boabkvbhf guvatf fur fnlf va gur jubyr frevrf vf n gbgny yvr, ba obgu pbhagf.
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Died on this day in 1479 aged 61 Catherine of Cleves (my toy,wikipedia). Mother of Mary, wife of James II of Scotland, and thus ancestor of James VI & I. Also brother of John, great-grand-father of Anne, wife of Henry VIII. Catherine acted as regent for her husband while he went on crusade, and later helped their son overthrow his father.

Born on this day in 1637 to Frederick Prince of Orange and Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, Henriette of Nassau (my toy,wikipedia). Sister of William, father of William II and III. She married a German prince as part of her father's plan to maintain peace with Germany, the marriage seems to have been successful.
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Died on this day in 1503 aged 69 John II, Margrave of Baden (my toy,wikipedia). Son of Catherine, sister of Isabella, mother of Margaret, wife of Henry VI. John was archbishop of Trier, during is reign the university of Trier was founded in 1473, it's still a university (although it was not for 172 years in the middle)

Born on this day in 1274 to King Charles II of Naples and Mary of Hungary, Louis of Toulouse (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-son of Ramon, father of Eleanor, wife of Henry III. Louis was cannonized in 1317, and his cult was mostly relevant in Hungary.
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Ahahahaha you *liar*. I love it. (bookspoilers)
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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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