Queens Consort: England's Medieval Queens from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Elizabeth of York

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The colorful and dramatic history of England's medieval queens.

England's medieval queens were elemental in shaping the history of the nation. In an age where all politics were family politics,
dynastic marriages placed English queens at the very center of power—the king's bed. From Matilda of Flanders, William the Conqueror's queen, to Elizabeth of York, the first Tudor consort, England's queens fashioned the nature of monarchy and influenced ...

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Overview

The colorful and dramatic history of England's medieval queens.

England's medieval queens were elemental in shaping the history of the nation. In an age where all politics were family politics,
dynastic marriages placed English queens at the very center of power—the king's bed. From Matilda of Flanders, William the Conqueror's queen, to Elizabeth of York, the first Tudor consort, England's queens fashioned the nature of monarchy and influenced the direction of the state. Occupying a unique position in the mercurial, often violent world of medieval politics, these queens had to negotiate a role that combined tremendous influence with terrifying vulnerability.

Lisa Hilton's illuminating new book explores the lives of the twenty women who were crowned queen between 1066 and 1503.
War, adultery, witchcraft, child abuse, murder—and occasionally even love—formed English queenship, but so too did patronage,
learning, and fashion. Lovers of history will enjoy a dramatic narrative that presents an exceptional group of women whose personal ambitions, triumphs, and failures helped to give birth to the modern state.

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Although intended to breed royal heirs, England's medieval queens offered substantial strength, mental acuity, and personal ambition, beginning with the 1066 Norman invasion's elevation of Matilda of Flanders and up through the Plantagenet Elizabeth of York, who married Henry VII in 1486. Hilton (Athénai?s: The Life of Louis XIV's Mistress) successfully unravels the tangled biographies of such queens as the legendary and imposing Eleanor of Aquitaine and the ill-matched but determined Isabella of France, placing them within the context of European politics and property wars. Hilton nimbly pares popular myths and reanimates long-forgotten figures such as Queen Berengaria, married to the crusading Richard I, who never lived in England. When kings wriggled themselves out of undesirable marriages, strange situations sometimes occurred, such as King John in the 13th century sending his second wife, Isabelle, to live with his former wife, Isabella. Hilton offers a pleasurable but serious study of a group of remarkable women and their role in the development of queenship in England. 16 pages of color illus.; maps. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605981055
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 330,961
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Hilton is the critically acclaimed author of Queens Consort and Athenais: The Life of Louis XIV's Mistress, the Real Queen of France. She lives in London.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Maps xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 England and Normandy

1 Matilda of Flanders 17

2 Matilda of Scotland 40

3 Adeliza of Louvain 60

4 Matilda of Boulogne 68

Part 2 An Empire to the South

5 Eleanor of Aquitaine 95

6 Berengaria of Navarre 119

7 Isabelle of Angoulême 142

Part 3 Plantagenet Queens

8 Eleanor of Provence 165

9 Eleanor of Castile 190

10 Marguerite of France 204

Part 4 Depositions, Restorations

11 Isabella of France 223

12 Philippa of Hainault 251

13 Anne of Bohemia and Isabelle of France 271

Part 5 Lancaster and York

14 Joanna of Navarre 307

15 Catherine de Valois 321

16 Marguerite of Anjou 335

17 Elizabeth Woodville 355

18 Anne Neville 380

19 Elizabeth of York 404

Conclusion 419

Select Bibliography 427

Notes 443

Acknowledgements 457

Index 458

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    This book is wonderful. It is a bit hard to keep track of the va

    This book is wonderful. It is a bit hard to keep track of the various Matildas and Eleanors, but it is worth the effort. Entertaining and historical reading all in one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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