Margaret I of Denmark

Margaret I of Denmark was born around 1353 in Soborg, Denmark. The daughter of King Valdemar IV and Queen Helvig, the couple arranged for Margaret to marry King Haakon VI of Norway in 1363. Her parents hoped that Margaret’s marriage would strengthen the kingdom’s standing. During his reign, Valdemar skillfully used diplomacy and force to increase royal authority. By the […]

Louis XII of France: Part Two

Continued From Louis XII of France: Part One Louis XII of France sought a divorce from his long-suffering wife, Joan, after becoming king. Seeking to gain favor with Louis, Pope Alexander VI readily declared his marriage annulled despite Joan’s protests. To retain control of Brittany, the king married his cousin’s widow, Anne, in 1499. Like Charles VIII, Louis was interested […]