Cynthia's widowed mother was a librarian in a small Indiana town.
Instead, they literally forced her to wed Jerome Shipton, a widowed family friend twelve years her senior.
About 1180 Amalric was constable of the kingdom of Jerusalem; and he is said to have brought his handsome brother Guy to the notice of Sibylla, the widowed heiress of the kingdom.
After the death of Margaret, Charles appointed his sister Mary, the widowed queen of Hungary, to the regency, and for twenty years she retained her post, until the abdication Mary of in fact of Charles V.
Still worse was the frequent remarriage of widowed princesses and heiresses.