Dukes and Princes
History and Heritage of Europe’s top aristocrats
On this site you will find short histories about the families of the princes and dukes of Europe, from the middle ages to the present
You will also find information about the heritage these families left behind, some still worth a visit, some long vanished.
Genealogical Histories – latest posts
- Lamballe and Penthièvre: Riches upon RichesOne of the most prominent characters in the recent television drama about Marie-Antoinette is her loyal friend and the superintendent of her household, the PrincessContinue reading “Lamballe and Penthièvre: Riches upon Riches”
- Spare Dukes, Part II, or, What does one do with so many younger brothers?The violence and in-feuding of royal brothers in the Middle Ages hardly ceased as the histories of England and Scotland transitioned into the Early ModernContinue reading “Spare Dukes, Part II, or, What does one do with so many younger brothers?”
- Spare Dukes: What to do with a younger brother in 1,000 years of English and Scottish royal history (Part I)Dad: “Why would he do a ridiculous thing like that?”Wally: “‘Cause he wanted to be like you, Dad.”Dad: “But Wally, when I said 20 milesContinue reading “Spare Dukes: What to do with a younger brother in 1,000 years of English and Scottish royal history (Part I)”