A royal mistress is the historical position of a mistress to a monarch or senior Royal. Some mistresses have had considerable power. The prevalence of the institution can be attributed to the fact that Royal marriages were until recent times conducted solely on the basis of political and dynastic considerations, leaving little space for the monarch's personal preferences in the choice of a mate.

See also favourite, a term sometimes used for mistresses, although also used for court favourites of the monarch with no sexual element in the relationship, often serving as ministers.

In European history the children of mistresses were not normally included in the line of succession, except perhaps when secret marriages were alleged. Hence Britain's Monmouth Rebellion when James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth claimed the throne on the grounds that his mother had been the wife rather than one of the mistresses of Charles II.

Arguably the most famous French royal mistress was Madame de Pompadour.

Royal Mistresses in Russian History

  • Anna Mons
  • Anna Lopukhina
  • Maria Naryshkina

  Royal Mistresses in English History

  • Rosamund Clifford, mistress to Henry II
  • Alice Perrers, mistress to Edward III
  • Jane Shore, mistress to Edward IV
  • Lady Mary Boleyn, mistress to Henry VIII
  • Elizabeth Blount, mistress to Henry VIII
  • Anne Boleyn, mistress to Henry VIII

  Royal Mistresses in Scottish History

  • Margaret Erskine, mistress to James V

 Royal Mistresses in British History

  • Lucy Walter, mistress to Charles II
  • Barbara Villiers, 1st Duchess of Cleveland, mistress to Charles II
  • Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth, mistress to Charles II
  • Nell Gwynne, mistress to Charles II
  • Moll Davis, mistress to Charles II
  • Arabella Churchill, mistress to James II
  • Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester, mistress to James II
  • Elizabeth Villiers, mistress to William III
  • Ehrengard Melusine von der Schulenburg, Duchess of Kendal and Munster, mistress to George I
  • Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk, mistress to George II
  • Mary Scott, Countess of Deloraine, mistress to George II
  • Amalie von Wallmoden, Countess of Yarmouth, mistress to George II
  • Maria Anne Fitzherbert, mistress to George IV
  • Elizabeth Conyngham, Marchioness Conyngham, mistress to George IV
  • Dorothy Jordan, mistress to William IV
  • Lillie Langtry, mistress to Edward VII
  • Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick, mistress to Edward VII
  • Alice Keppel, mistress to Edward VII
  • Camilla Parker-Bowles, mistress to Charles Prince of Wales

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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