Helena Antonia

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Portrait of Helena Antonia of Liège
Helena Antonia and other courtier women

Helena Antonia (1550–1595) was a bearded female court dwarf of Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress and was a favorite of Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain,[1] and also a lady-in-waiting for Constance of Austria. She was born in Liège.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Peterkin, Allan (2001). One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair. Arsenal pulp press. p. 101. ISBN 1551521075
  2. ^ Ulmus, Marcus Antonius. Physiologia barbae humanae, p. 307 (1603)
  3. ^ Reynolds, Reginald. Beards: Their Social Standing, Religious Involvements, Decorative Possibilities, and Value Offence and Defence Through the Ages, p. 291 (1950) ("Ulmus [has] useful information, showing the royal patronage often offered to bearded ladies.... and the bearded Helena Antonia, according to Ulmus (p. 307) was a special favourite of Margarita of Austria, later Queen of Spain.")
  4. ^ Souvenir Print of Helena Antonia, Bearded Lady at the Court of the Archduchess of Austria, Maria of Spain, waddesdon.org.uk, Retrieved 10 September 2013

External links[edit]

  • Polska. Dzieje cywilizacji i narodu - Rzeczpospolita szlachecka, s. 17