, Saint. Etheldreda b. 630 d. June 23, 679 Queen of Northumbria and Abbess of Ely. The third of four sainted daughters of King Anna of East Anglia. In 652 she married, reluctantly, tonbert, Prince of Southern Gyrvii. Tonbert died in 655 and, after five years spent in seclusion at her home on the Isle of Ely, she was married to Ecgfrith of Northumbria who, ten years later, became a king. She refused to carry out her conjugal duties and was allowed to enter the monastery of Coldingham, founded by her aunt, St Ebba. When her husband tried...[Read More] (Bio by: julia&keld) Ely Cathedral, Ely, East Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
, Queen. Victoria b. May 24, 1819 d. January 22, 1901 British Monarch. She reigned as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 to 1901) and as Empress of India beginning in 1876. One of the most famous rulers in English history, she was born in London at Kensington Palace in May of 1819. the only child of Edward Duke of Kent, Victoria Maria Louisa of Saxe-Coburg and granddaughter of King George III. Queen Victoria's reign spanned more than half a century (the longest reign of any British monarch) in which Great Britain reached the height of...[Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson) Royal Burial Grounds at Frogmore, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England Plot: Frogmore Mausoleum
Adelheid I b. May, 977 d. January 14, 1043 German Nobility. The daughter of Emperor Otto II of the Holy Roman Empire and Empress Theophano, she was given to the monastery of Gandersheim Abbey in Lower Saxony until she was 6 years old. She was then brought to the monastery in Quedlinburg, Saxony-Anhalt, where her aunt Mathilde was the Abbess. Duke Heinrich II "The Quarrelsome" kidnapped her because she would have succeeded her brother Otto III if something would...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Stiftskirche Saint Servatius, Quedlinburg, Harzer Landkreis, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany Plot: Crypt
Adelheid II b. 1045 d. January 11, 1096 German Nobility. She was the oldest daughter of Emperor Heinrich III the Pious of the Holy Roman Empire and his second wife, Empress Agnes of Poitou. Her mother, who acted as regent for her son (the heir to the throne), designated her as successor of Abbess Beatrix, Adelheid's half sister. She became Abbess in Gandersheim, Saxony in 1061, and became Abbess in Quedlinburg, Saxony, three years later. (Bio by: Lutetia) Stiftskirche Saint Servatius, Quedlinburg, Harzer Landkreis, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany Plot: Crypt
Adolph (Alf) Swedish Monarch. Living from approximately 400 to 430 A.D., he was a member of the Yngling Dynast, and ruled Swealand, or the central Swea Region part of Sweden which subsequently developed into that country by about 980 A. D. Also known as Atawulf (Swedish: Alf [Adolf], nicknamed Elfse), he was likely to have been Adolph I. Evidence exists that he did exist outside of the legends. Adolph was co-ruler with his brother Ingvi (Yngve) and was married to Queen Bera. The relationship between the...[Read More] (Bio by: J T Demitz) Thorsugle (Tumulus), Uppsala, Uppsala kommun, Uppsala län, Sweden Plot: The tumulus is no longer visible on the bank of the Fyris River.
Aelfgifu of England d. 970 English Royalty, queen consort of King Eadwig the Fair. Also known as Aelfgiva or Elgiva. Very little of Aelfgifu's life is known for certain, although there are a few clues from which historians have drawn presumable conclusions. She was the daughter of Aethelgifu, a prominant noblewoman of very high standing. Her father is unknown, but she is presumed to be a descendant of King Aethelred I and King Aethelwulf of Wessex. Early writings allege that during the banquet following King Eadwig'...[Read More] (Bio by: VampireRed) Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England
Aelfweard of Wessex b. 904 d. August 2, 924 English Royalty. Born the seventh child of Eadward I "the Elder", King of Wessex and his second wife, Aelflaed. His position in the succession has long been debated due to the brevity of his reign. A 12th-century list of West-Saxon kings, a document called Tectus Roffensis, mentions him as his father's successor, with a reign of four weeks, however, some modern historians suggest he and his elder half-brother, [Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England
Aethelstan b. 895 d. October 27, 939 English Monarch. Born the son of Eadward I, King of Wessex and Queen Ecgwyn he was largely raised in Mercia in his aunt Aethelfled's court, which he controlled after her death. He succeeded to the Wessex throne in September 925 at about age 30, following the very brief reign of his brother, Elfward. Following the death of his brother-in-law, king of Northumbria, Aethelstan took over his lands. He claimed lordship over all Britannia marking the coins minted during his reign with the motto "king...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Malmesbury Abbey, Malmesbury, Wiltshire Unitary Authority, Wiltshire, England
Afonso VI of Portugal b. August 21, 1643 d. September 12, 1675 Portuguese Monarch. He reigned as King of Portugal from 1656 to 1667. The second king of the House of Braganza, his parents were King João IV and his wife, queen Luisa de Gusmão. He succeeded his father in 1656 at the age of 16. His reign saw military victories over the Spanish at Ameixial (June 8, 1663) and Montes Claros (June 17, 1665), culmination in the final Spanish recognition of Portugal's independence of February 13, 1668. Colonial affairs saw the Dutch conquest of Jaffnapatam, Portugal'...[Read More] (Bio by: Benny Chordt Hansen) Sao Vicente de Fora, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
Agni (Agne Skjalfarbonde) Swedish Monarch. A member of the Yngling Dynasty, he ruled Swealand, or the central Swea Region part of Sweden which subsequently developed into that country by about 980 A. D. Living approximately 355 to 400 A.D., he was the first of a succession of king of whom expertise has had the opinion that he did exist outside of the legends. He was assassinated by being hanged by Queen Skjalv, probably his consort, at an area called Agnefit, possibly located on the south shore of the current Old Town (...[Read More] (Bio by: J T Demitz) Lill-Hersby, Sollentuna, Sollentuna kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden Plot: Kung Agnes hög (Tumulus of King Agni)
Ahhotep I Egyptian Queen and Regent. She was born about 1560 BC during the 17th dynasty. At this time, known to as the second intermediate period, Egypt was occupied by the Hyksos kings. When Pharaoh Sequenenre Tao II was killed attempting to expel the Hyksos, Ahhotep became regent on behalf of his successor, Kamose, and continued the campaign. A stele erected at the temple of Amun-Re at Karnak tells how she rallied the Egyptian army. When Kamose died, she ruled while the new Pharaoh, Ahmose I, was away...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Luxor, Egypt Plot: Origional tomb unknown.
Aicha, Lalla b. June 17, 1930 d. September 4, 2011 Arab Princess. She was the first women in the Arab world to hold diplomatic positions and one of the leading figures in the fight for the emancipation of the Moroccan women. Born at the Royal Palace in Rabat, she was the second daughter of the Moroccan King Mohammed V. In 1942, she was one of the first women in Morocco to pass the exam allowing access to secondary schools and her father gave her the same primary education opportunities he gave his sons. She became the country's first director...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Royal Palace, Rabat, Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer, Morocco Plot: Moulay Al Hassan Mausoleum
Akhenaten Egyptian Pharaoh. He was born Amenhotep, and was probably the younger son of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye. There are indications that as a child the young Amenhotep was a family outcast. In 1352 BC Akhenaten, a teenager at the time, ascended the throne and was crowned at Karnak, succeeding his father under the name Amenhotep IV, the tenth King of the 18th Dynasty. The beginning of his reign marked no great change from his predecessors. By the fifth or sixth year of his reign, however...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Luxor, Egypt
Al-Badr, Muhammad b. February 15, 1926 d. August 6, 1996 Yemen Monarch. He was the last King of Yemen, coming to the throne upon the death of his father in 1962. On September 26 of that year, his commander of the Royal Guard staged a coup d'etat and declared the nation a Republic. The King escaped to the north of the country and rallied supporters, resulting in the Yemen Civil War which lasted until 1970. After the war the deposed Al-Badir lived out the remainder of his life in exile in London, England. (Bio by: Erik Lander) Brookwood Cemetery, Brookwood, Woking Borough, Surrey, England
Al-Sanussi, Fatima b. 1911 d. October 3, 2009 Arabic Royalty. She was the only Queen of Libya. Born in the Libyan oasis of Kufra, Fatima, who never knew her exact birthdate, was descenced from the Sanussi family which had founded a revivalist Moslem sect in Mecca in 1837. At 18, she was forced by tribal warfare to flee to Egypt on camelback, but soon returned; in 1931, she married Idris, a kinsman 20 years her senior, who had succeded to leadership of the Sanussi branch of Islam. In 1949, as a reward for assistance to the British in WWII...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Hamza Cemetery, Medina, Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia