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Four Queens : The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe - Nancy Goldstone

Four Queens

The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe

Paperback Published: 1st June 2009
ISBN: 9780753826836
Number Of Pages: 432

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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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This highly readable book is set against the bloody and turbulent backdrop of medieval Europe...a fascinating account - CATHOLIC HERALD

A gripping narrative -- the author is particularly good on the theatricality of the age - GOOD BOOK GUIDE

ISBN: 9780753826836
ISBN-10: 0753826836
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st June 2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.9  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1

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