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Maria Theresa and the 18th Century Vampire Panic

Empress Maria Theresa and the 18th Century Vampire Panic
Published: September 24, 2020
Reading Time: 7 minutes

Yes, vampires once posed an existential threat to the Habsburg empire.

Here’s how it became Maria Theresa’s problem...and what she did about it.

Betsy Bonaparte

The American Who Married Napoleon’s Youngest Brother
Published: September 16, 2020
Reading Time: 9 minutes

She spent decades fighting for recognition from a jerk, his brother, and their empire.

Picture the most painful run-in with your ex-boyfriend ever. That’s what happened to Betsy Patterson Bonaparte.

Queen Sophie of the Netherlands

A Dutch Queen's Epistolary Smackdowns
Published: September 9, 2020
Reading Time: 8 minutes

This 19th century drama queen knew everyone…and probably hated them

When I read what Sophie wrote about fellow royals like Queen Victoria and Empress Eugenie, I just had to shout  “BURN” like Ashton Kutcher’s character on That 70s Show.

How to Prank Tsar Nicholas I

How to Prank Tsar Nicholas I
Published: August 26, 2020
Reading Time: 5 minutes

...if you, know, you’re fond of Siberia and don’t value your life

When you prank the guy who rules one-sixth of the earth’s surface, you either have balls of steel or you’re clinically insane. In case that’s you, here’s how it’s done.

Mathilde Townsend

The Gilded Age Heiress Who Refused to Marry Royalty
Published: August 20, 2020
Reading Time: 9 minutes

This is the story of Mathilde Townsend, who refused to play the “dollar princess” game.

Find out which royal wanted to marry her, why she said no, and who she *did* marry.

The Story of Princess Xenia Georgievna

The Princess Who Married the World's Richest Boy
Published: August 12, 2020
Reading Time: 10 minutes

This is the story of Princess Xenia Georgievna of Russia, best known for her entanglement in the longest-running royal mystery of the 20th century. We’ll get to that hot mess, but I think the rest of her life is way more interesting.

Xenia’s story has a little bit of everything: tragedy, romance, scandal, drama, and speedboats. Yes, speedboats.

Prince George's portrait on a background of the Hollywood sign

That Time Prince George Attended a Rodeo in Hollywood
Published: August 5, 2020
Reading Time: 9 minutes

Britain’s youngest prince made a splash when he visited California in 1928. But did he cause as much trouble as the press said he did?

Find out what happened to George when he visited California...and his path crossed with French actress Lili Damita.

A Brief History of the Russian Kokoshnik Tiara

A Brief History of the Russian Kokoshnik Tiara
Published: July 28, 2020
Reading Time: 8 minutes

There were political undertones at play when Russian royals co-opted this peasant style.

This post adds more depth to the topic of kokoshnik tiaras, which I covered in my post 5 Types of Kokoshnik Tiaras. Specifically, you’ll find out how Russian court dress originated...and the surprising political motive behind the move. Plus, there are lots of pretty tiara photos to drool over!

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Blog Posts

Was Eleonora von Schwarzenberg a Real-Life Vampire Princess?

Eleonora von Schwarzenberg: Vampire Princess?

When you google someone’s name and a bunch of vampire references come up, you stop what you’re doing and you investigate. If you’re me, and it’s during quarantine, you stop at nothing to figure out if said google subject is really a vampire princess.

The Yusupov Black Pearl Necklace

The Yusupov Black Pearl Necklace

The Yusupov black pearl necklace belonged to Catherine the Great. From there, it’s a tale of incest, true love, revolution, robbery, and infidelity…with a special guest appearance by the HMS Titanic.

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Who stole Grand Duchess Hilda’s diamond kokoshnik tiara? And what’s a kokoshnik tiara, anyway? Find out on the blog!

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