Queen Urraca of Leon and Castile refused to tolerate her husband Alfonso’s physical abuse. She left him, only to have him bring the fight to the battlefield. She eventually got her annulment, and as “Empress of All Spains”, she worked hard to recover her lost lands, and prepare a legacy for her Son to rule.
Her color is rich bordeaux with mahogany undertones, and interference multichromal highlights of gold, green and blue.
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Adelaide of Susa was the Marchioness of Turin. She had eight children and acted as regent for her son. She was accomplished in many different aspects. (From Wikipedia) “Adelaide had passed her childhood amongst the retainers of her father and had even learned the martial arts when young, bearing her own arms and armour. She was reputed to be beautiful and virtuous. She was pious, putting eternal things ahead of temporal. Strong in temperament, she did not hesitate to punish even the bishops and grandees of her realm. She patronised the minstrels and always received them at her court, urging them to compose songs emphasising religious values. She was a founder of cloisters and monasteries that transmitted the history of the region.”
Her color is a rich violet-blue with multi-tonal overlays of rose and violet. A completely cool toned shade, but still full of life and shimmer.
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Khutulun was a Mongolian Princess, and the Great-Great-Great Granddaughter of Genghis Khan. She is also known as the “wrestling princess”, for she refused to marry any man who could not beat her at wrestling. Any man who lost owed her 100 horses. She died unmarried, with over 1,000 horses.
Her color is rather difficult to describe. It can appear dominantly deep green or purple depending on the light. In sunlight, it appears to be a deep fir green with a strong purple essence showing through. It’s powerful and mysterious.
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Justa Grata Honoria was the older sister of Roman Emperor Valentian III. Regarded as too ambitious and promiscuous, her Brother decided to marry her to a “safe” Roman Senator who did not challenge his rule. Honoria responded with a plea for help to Attila the Hun, an enemy of Rome. Her plea included her ring, which Attila interpreted as her requesting marriage. And giving him an excuse to invade Rome. Little is known of Honoria after this incident, but one has to give her credit for standing up for herself, even if it did completely backfire.
“Honoria” is a lilac with grey tones and beautiful multi-tonal copper/pink highlights.
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