Elizabeth of Courland

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Elizabeth, Princess Royal
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Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska
Tenure: 1613 - 1619
Predecessor: Adelaide of Metterden
Successor: Catherine of Carnatia
Born: 3rd of Sun's Smile, 1594
Died: 17th of Sun's Smile, 1619
Alban, Haense
Spouse: Stephen I
House: Staunton
Father: Tobias I, King of Courland
Mother: Lisette of Virdian

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.

Early Years

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.

Marriage

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.

Death

Two miscarriages soured their already tumultuous relationship, and after rumors of affairs between herself as Lord Peter de Mardon of the imperial estates, she was unofficially exiled from her husband’s personal manors by 172. In only a few months, she was killed by a mob when traveling the roads near Metterden, her body unceremoniously beaten and burned by the anti-Curish party.

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

Issue

Name Birth Death Marriage Notes
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.