Elizabeth of Courland
Elizabeth Maria, was a Curonian noblewoman who served as consort of Stefan I, King of Hanseti-Ruska for six years from 1613 till her violent death in 1619. Her marriage with King Stefan came from diplomatic concession as consequence of the Greyspine Rebellion, and through its duration, it was an openly unhappy one. Her relationship with the Staunton family left her infamous throughout the realm and unpopular with both the nobility and common folk.
Raised as the princess Royal of Courland, Elizaveta’s education did not lack in any field necessary befitting a woman of her high station. Her father, King Tobias I, insisted on her schooling be of the utmost standard possible from an array of tutors across the land. She derived a great deal of interest in the arts and music, but more peculiarly management, politics, and history. To her fortune, she was the twin to her brother and the heir, Joseph Alexander, and attended many lessons of leadership alongside him. Her luck and wits combined led to her being one of the most intelligent of her six siblings.
As a ramification of a series of diplomatic transactions after the Greyspine Rebellion, the last of those to be informed of the arranged marriage was the princess. Her arrival in the Haeseni lands came shortly after, to which she was notably met with dislike and distrust from her beginnings. Her foreign coiffures and dresses were not taken into the style of the ladies but instead shunned. She was an enemy, despite the diplomatic attempts, in foreign territory.
Queen Consort of Hanseti-Ruska
Throughout the entirety of her six years, she lacked the capabilities to persuade any Haeseni common folk or nobility alike in her favor; most notably, Elizaveta and her husband found no love for each other and spent little time in each other’s presence. Towards the end of her reign, Elizaveta frequented the imperial city as an escape from her unwelcoming home.
Tragically Elizabeth lost her kids at young ages, her son being a stillborn and her daughter passing away at a young age. The pious woman was often times seen with her guards at the grave of her stillborn son. One day while being at the graveyard the lady has not returned home, only for other people to come and witness the gruesome scene of the woman beheaded at her son's grave.
Titles, Styles, and Honors
Titles and Styles
- 1594-1619: Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal of Courland
- 1613-1619: Her Majesty, the Queen of Hanseti-Ruska
Style as Queen Consort
Her Royal Majesty, Elizaveta, Queen-Consort of Hanseti and Ruska
|Princess Viktoriya Katerina, Duchess of Markev||1617||1619||Unwed||Firstborn daughter of Stephen I and Elizabeth of Courland. Princess Royal as eldest and only daughter of the royal pair.|
|Petyr-Karl, Grand Prince of Kusoraev||1618||1618||Unwed||Firstborn son of Stephen I and Elizabeth of Courland.||