Valeria Pietrantonio

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Hortense de Beauharnais Queen of Holland, Napoleon’s stepdaughter and sister-in-law

Hortense de Beauharnais was Queen Consort of Holland. She was the stepdaughter of Emperor Napoleon I as the daughter of his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais.

Hortense married Napoleon's brother, Louis Bonaparte, who had been appointed king of Holland, thus becoming her stepfather's sister-in-law.

She was the mother of the future Emperor of the French, Napoleon III.

Thornbury Castle, a King’s stay at the castle of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

The prestigious Thornbury Castle is a luxury hotel in the Gloucestershire countryside, near Bristol and the Cotswolds, in the United Kingdom.

Built in the early 16th century, it was also owned by King Henry VIII, who stayed there with his second wife, Anne Boleyn.

Thornbury Castle is an extraordinary example of a Tudor mansion where one can experience a regal era, surrounded by the most unspeakable luxury, to feel like a king and queen for a day.

The other Lady Diana Spencer, between adultery, divorce and art

There was another Lady Diana Spencer in history, born in 1734, an English noblewoman and famous artist.

She divorced her first husband and married her lover, who was, however, no better than her first.

A cultured woman, she had important friendships among artists and intellectuals of the time and was herself a painter, designer and illustrator.

Helen Vincent Viscountess d’Abernon, not just Sargent’s portrait

Helen Venetia Vincent, Viscountess D'Abernon was a British noblewoman, socialite and diarist.

A woman of great beauty, intelligence and charm, with strong diplomatic skills, she was very active in the intellectual group the 'Souls' and a courageous and tireless nurse during the First World War.

The great painter John Singer Sargent portrayed her in 1904 at Palazzo Giustiniani in Venice.

Adare Manor Ireland, 5-star castle hotel for leisure and golf

With breathtaking scenery and a fairytale setting, Adare Manor is an enchanting 19th-century castle hotel that has no equal.

This superb 5-star hotel is set in an 842-acre estate in the heart of the village of Adare, County Limerick, Ireland. Steeped in history, the property reopened in November 2017 after a revolutionary 21-month transformation.

The property is now recognised as one of the best new hotels in the world and has become County Limerick's first Michelin-starred restaurant.

Maria Theresa Countess of Artois, relationship with Marie Antoinette

Maria Theresa of Savoy was a member of the French royal family due to her status as 'Countess of Artois' as wife of Charles Philippe of France.

Endowed with little wit and beauty, Maria Theresa remained one of the least loved members of the royal family at Court.

Let's discover her history and relationship with her most famous sister-in-law, Marie Antoinette of France.

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