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Queens of the Age of Chivalry
Queens of the Age of Chivalry | Alison Weir
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The third volume of Alison Weir's magisterial history of the queens of medieval England Medieval queens were seen as mere dynastic trophies, yet many of the Plantagenet queens of the High Middle Ages dramatically broke away from the restrictions imposed on their sex, as Alison Weir shows in this gripping group biography of England's fourteenth-century consorts. Using personal letters and wonderfully vivid sources, Alison Weir evokes the lives of five remarkable queens: Marguerite of France, Isabella of France, Philippa of Hainault, Anne of Bohemia and Isabella of Valois. The turbulent, brutal Age of Chivalry witnessed the Black Death, the Peasants' Revolt, the Hundred Years War against France and savage baronial wars against the monarchy in which these queens were passionately involved. Queens of the Age of Chivalry brilliantly recreates this truly dramatic period of history through the lives of five extraordinary women.
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Like, I suspect, many lovers of English royal history, I'm pretty good up until Richard the Lionheart & King John, then things get a bit hazy until the Tudors arrive........It's taken me just over a week to finish this...there's so much information packed into these pages. I had to keep recapping family trees in my head .....& I spent some time in merry diversions such as looking at re-creations of medieval dress - chin barbes, anyone? (Continued)

OutsmartYourShelf I haven't read the previous two books in this series (Queens of the Conquest, & Queens of the Crusades) but they are definitely on my TBR list now. Overall, it's a fantastic read, it never gets academically dry, there's lots of information, & I actually have a much better understanding of this time period now. Absolutely recommended. 5🌟

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Random House UK/Vintage Digital, for the opportunity to read an ARC.
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Very good. Informative and fast paced. Even though going into this book I only had a basic knowledge of the queens I left with a full knowledge which is a testament to the work of Alison Weir. Thank you #Penguin #RandomHouse for inviting me to read this via #Netgalley.

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