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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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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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oops, forgot to do this yesterday

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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