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Four Queens by Nancy Goldstone
  

Four Queens

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The story of four daughters in Provence, in the thirteenth century,who each went on to marry a king of Europe. What was it that got these women to such positions and how did they cope with the pressures of being married to such powerful men while not having any of the power themselves? (although influence can be a great thing). Accessible history and an interesting subject matter.

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Four Queens by Nancy Goldstone

The four beautiful, cultured and clever daughters of the Count and Countess of Provence made illustrious marriages and lived at the epicentre of political power and intrigue in 13th-century Europe. Marguerite accompanied her husband, King Louis IX of France, on his disastrous first crusade to the Holy Land, where straight from childbirth she ransomed him from the Mamluks. And with her sister Eleanor, queen of England, Marguerite engineered a sturdy peace between France and England. Ambitious Eleanor walked a narrow line while she struggled to build her own power base without alienating her cowardly husband, Henry III. Beatrice's coronation as queen of Sicily was the culmination of her long, hard-fought campaign to earn respect from her world-famous, mightily accomplished older siblings. Sanchia wed one of the richest men in Europe, but her reign as queen of Germany, brought her only misery. From Goldstone's rich, beautifully woven tapestry, medieval Europe springs to vivid life, from the lavish menus of the royal banquets and the sweet songs of the troubadours to the complex machinations of the Pope against the Holy Roman Emperor. This compelling work of history gives women their due as movers and shakers in tumultuous times.

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A gripping narrative -- the author is particularly good on the theatricality of the age * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * This highly readable book is set against the bloody and turbulent backdrop of medieval Europe...a fascinating account * CATHOLIC HERALD *


About the Author

Nancy Goldstone

Nancy Goldstone is an American journalist, and the co-author (with her husband) of two works of European History: Out of the Flames and The Friar and the Cipher.

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Publication date

1st June 2009

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Nancy Goldstone

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

History
Biography / Autobiography
The Real World
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European history

ISBN

9780753826836

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