Daughters of Chivalry

Daughters of Chivalry

by Kelcey Wilson-Lee
Daughters of Chivalry

Daughters of Chivalry

by Kelcey Wilson-Lee


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Revealing the truth behind the life of a royal princess in medieval England, the colorful story of the five remarkable daughters of King Edward I.

Virginal, chaste, humble, patiently waiting for rescue by brave knights and handsome princes: this idealized—and largely mythical—notion of the medieval noblewoman still lingers. Yet the reality was very different, as Kelcey Wilson-Lee shows in this vibrant account of the five daughters of Edward I, often known as Longshanks.

The lives of these sisters—Eleanora, Joanna, Margaret, Mary and Elizabeth—ran the gamut of experiences open to royal women in the Middle Ages. Edward’s daughters were of course expected to cement alliances and secure lands and territory by making great dynastic marriages, or endow religious houses with royal favor. But they also skillfully managed enormous households, navigated choppy diplomatic waters, and promoted their family’s cause throughout Europe—and had the courage to defy their royal father. They might never wear the crown in their own right, but they were utterly confident of their crucial role in the spectacle of medieval kingship.

Drawing on a wide range of contemporary sources, Daughters of Chivalry offers a rich portrait of these formidable women, seeing them—at long last—shine from out of the shadows, revealing what it was to be a princess in the Age of Chivalry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643131948
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 841,876
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Kelcey Wilson-Lee is a historian of Britain, its art, and its architecture. She writes for English Heritage and Country Life magazine. Kelcey manages the Regional Philanthropy program at the University of Cambridge, where she lives. Daughters of Chivalry is her first book.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Family Tree xii

Maps xiv

Introduction 1

I Coronation 11

II Betrothal 23

III Family 37

IV Vows 53

V Growing Up 67

VI Union 83

VII Three Deaths 99

VIII Alliance 115

IX Ladies of War 135

X Unconstrained 149

XI Acquiescence and Insubordination 163

XII Crisis 181

XIII Homecoming 199

XIV Companionship 217

XV Opulence 235

XVI The Storm Approaches 253

XVII Death Returns 269

XVIII Another Coronation 283

Epilogue 299

Acknowledgements 307

Notes 309

Select Bibliography 337

Index 347

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