Princess Joanna of Portugal 1452-1490

This week Princess Joanna of Portugal features as the royal for Monarch Monday. 1) Joan was born to King Afonso V of Portugal and Queen Isabella of Coimbra on February 6 1452. When her older brother died she was made the Heir Presumptive instead of Infanta (princess), however, when her younger brother, John II, was [...]


Did You Know…Gilles de Rais, child Serial Killer

Did you know... on September 15 1440 Gilles de Montmorency-Laval, Baron de Rais, was taken into custody  along with two of his bodyservents for the murder of anywhere up to 400 children over the course of nine years. He was convicted of the murders using the testimonies of witnesses and the uncovered bodies of some [...]