Like several other major European dynasties, the earliest recorded history of the House of Wettin is found in the tenth century. Through conquest, the family took control of Castle Wettin, and took it
The area that is now Albania fell to Ottoman rule in the late 15th century. At some point in the 16th century, the head of a Kosovar family named Zogolli traveled to Albania, and was named hereditary
Tibet’s existence as an independent state is shrouded in controversy. Various empires controlled parts of the Tibetan plateau from the sixth century onward, around the time that Buddhism spread
In 1505, a Portuguese naval expedition established control over the island of Zanzibar, long a trade destination in the Western Indian. Archaeological evidence indicates that the island has been used
Montenegro emerged as a territorial unit around the 14th century. Although the Ottoman Turks conquered part of modern Montenegro, and Venice exerted considerable influence over the rest, the anteceden
Patrick Lyon at the Lede has a post on several surviving deposed monarchs, including Michael I of Romania, Simeon II of Bulgaria, Constantine II of Greece, and Kigeli V of Rwanda.
On August 15, 1769, nineteen year old Maria Letizia Bonaparte gave birth to her fourth child. The first two had died before the age of one year, but the third, Joseph, survived, and would eventually b
The House of Orleans is a cadet branch of House Bourbon, itself a cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty that ruled France for nearly a thousand years. The “founder” of the modern House of O