Thursday, November 16, 2006

the King who was really Queen

No, this is not about Edward II or James I of England.

In 1384 (16 November), ten year old Jadwiga of Angevin was crowned King of Poland — Hedvig Rex Poloniæ, not Hedvig Regina Poloniæ (Latin: Hedvig is Jadwiga, Rex is King, Regina is Queen, Poloniæ is Poland) even though she was a little girl.

It wasn't a mistake. The lords of lesser Poland wanted to ensure Jadwiga became a monarch and not a consort. At 12 years old, she married 36 year old Jogaila who was then crowned King of Poland.

Queen Jadwiga (also known as Queen Hedwig) retained her rights.

Now why did they crown that Jogaila as king anyway? Talk about taking advantage of a little girl.

Anyway, Queen Jadwiga did good things, and eventually became Saint Jadwiga (Patron Saint of Queens).

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I ate most of my dinner again tonight.

The black Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Hagrid from next door isn't around. My human suspects foul play. Watch this space tomorrow.


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