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Ana de Mendoza (Doña Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda, Princess of Eboli, Duchess of Pastrana). Spanish aristocrat, 1540-1592. Considered one of the more accomplished women of her time by her peers. Also regarded as one of the most beautiful ladies in Spain, despite having lost an eye in a mock duel with a page when she was young. Married at 12 years old to Rui Gomes da Silva, 1st Prince of Éboli and minister to the King.

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The Habsburg Jaw and Other Royal Inbreeding Deformities

Charles II of Spain in his twenties. You can clearly see the Habsburg Jaw, and this portrait was likely being kind.

The Moretta or Servetta Muta (trans: dumb maid-servant) is a black velvet, oval shaped mask that was worn by Venetian ladies. Covering all but the outer edge of the face, the Moretta was secured to the wearer by way of a small bit that was held in place by the teeth. By the 18th centaury the use of the Bauta and Moretta masks to conceal the identity of ladies and gentlemen in the gambling houses (Il Ridotti) of Venice had become commonplace.

Snow White was based on Margarete Von Waldeck, a 16th century Bavarian woman. 16 year old Margarete moved to Brussels in 1549. She caught the eye of Prince Philip II & became his lover. The thought of her being a princess was unbearable to her meddling stepmother, as well as his father, the king of Spain. Agents cooked up a plot to end the affair by poisoning the young beauty. Her will written just before her death at 21 shows evidence of the tremors brought on by advanced stages of…

Elizabeth Amadas (died 1532) was a lady at the royal court of King Henry VIII of England who was accused of treason. She had described Anne Boleyn as a harlot, and said that she should be burnt. She also said that the King, by setting aside Katherine of Aragon for a younger woman, was encouraging the men of England to do the same. She later was released but didn´t recover her position at court. She was also the target of the Kings relentless advances, but never stated if she gave in.

A portrait of Phillip II (1527-1598), King of Spain. After Anthonis Mor, 1558. Philip's wife Mary I of England died the same year that this portrait was painted.

Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda was an outrageously wealthy Spanish aristocrat, born on 29 June 1540. She was considered one of the greatest beauties of her day in Europe, even though she lost an eye in a sword fight with one of her father's young pages. Perhaps the eyepatch made her more intriguing. She married at the age of 12 to Ruy Gómez de Silva, Prince of Eboli.

Princess Augusta Sophia (1768 - 1840). Daughter of King George III and Queen Charlotte. After her father went insane her mother insisted on keeping her daughters with her, and forbid them to marry. Many men wanted to marry Augusta, but her parents refused to let her go. She died unmarried.

Mary Queen of Scots, aged 19, in white mourning to mark the loss of three members of her immediate family within a period of 18 months. Her father-in-law Henry II died in July 1559; her mother Mary of Guise died in Scotland in June 1560; and in December of the same year her husband Francis II died. Mary, no longer Queen of France, returned to Scotland in August 1561.

1790 Princess Marie Joséphine Louise de Savoie comtesse de Provence Princess Marie Josephine Louise of Savoy, Countess of Provence, Titular Queen consort of France and of Navarre (Turin, 2 September 1753 – England, 13 November 1810) was the wife of the future King Louis XVIII

Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova. Following the Russian Revolution she and her husband lived in Rome. After his death she moved to Paris, dying there in 1939. Portrait by François Flameng in 1894.