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25 de Março de 2019.
The King of Poland from 1333 to 1370. He was the last Polish king from the Piast dynasty, born on 30 April 1310 in Kowal, died on 5 November 1370 in Kraków. He was the youngest, third son of King Wladyslaw I (“the Elbow-high”) and Duchess Jadwiga of Kalisz. When Casimir attained the throne in 1333, his position was in danger, as his neighbors did not recognize his title. The Polish kingdom was depopulated and exhausted by the war, and the economy was ruined. Thanks to Casimir the kingdom became prosperous and wealthy, with great prospects for the future. He waged many victorious wars and doubled the size of the kingdom, mostly through the addition of lands in modern-day Ukraine. […]
22 de Março de 2019.
His reign is one of great interest to many historians Charles II may not be one of the greatest military masterminds or a sly and cunning political figure, but he is one of the most exuberant, flamboyant, and promiscuous kings that England possessed. Known as the ‘merry monarch’ and a licentious playboy, his reign is one of great interest to many historians. His philandering became popular due to his liaisons with his Cockney mistress, Nell Gwyn. Before Charles was restored to the throne in 1660, after the Commonwealth years under “boring” Oliver Cromwell, Charles had to find a wife. Various German Princesses were offered for examination, but Charles would usually dismiss them as “dull and foggy”. Charles had a relationship […]
20 de Março de 2019.
William of Orange – the ancestor of the Dutch monarchy William of Orange was the main leader of the Dutch Revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs that set off the Eighty Years’ War (1568–1648) and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1581. He was born in the House of Nassau as Count of Nassau-Dillenburg. He became Prince of Orange in 1544 and was thereby the founder of the branch House of Orange-Nassau and the ancestor of the monarchy of the Netherlands. Within the Netherlands, he is also known as Father of the Fatherland. A wealthy nobleman, William originally served the Habsburgs as a member of the court of Margaret of Parma, governor of the Spanish Netherlands. Unhappy […]
17 de Março de 2019.
Karl der Große – Carolus Magnus/Charlemagne. Born into the second ruler house of what is nowadays known as France, Charlemagne has proclaimed the French king in 768. His importance as a German monarch began with the Saxon Wars (772-804) when he invaded Saxony with the intent to conquer, a goal he finally reached after 32 years of brutal and bloody battles. One of his main motivations was to get present-day Germany to unify Europe under the Christian cross, which is why he was and always will be known as the Father of Europe. The height of his power was in the year 800 when he was proclaimed Emperor by Pope Leo II. His crowning turned him into “Augustus Imperator Renovatio […]
15 de Março de 2019.
A small man who was a great king. In XIV century Poland had a king of Piast dynasty, who was famous because of his height. Wladyslaw became the King at the age of 52 years old and his way to achieve this position wasn’t easy. He was the middle son of Kazimierz I Kujawski, his two older brothers were almost adults when he was born. However, they were actually only half-brothers, because his father was married twice before he married the mother of Wladyslaw, Eufrozyna. A legend says that Eufrozyna tried to poison the older sons of Kazimierz I, so Wladyslaw who was still a baby at that time would inherit some lands after his father. The trap of Eufrozyna […]