I am delighted to present one of my ancestors, Princess Merit Margareta, married to Prince Simon of Lorenzburg. Princess Merit Margareta lost her eye in an a fencing accident in her youth and wore an eye patch the rest of her life. She was still considered a formidable beauty but she was never quite loved by the people. She seemed foreign and extravagant to the hard working farmers of Lorenzburg.
Princess Merit Margareta was born in 1545 and died in 1620. Her marriage to Prince Simon was unusual as she was just five years younger than her husband. Their marriage was uncommonly happy for the times.