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The thrilling family saga of five unforgettable women who remade Europe
From the great courts, glittering palaces, and war-ravaged battlefields of the seventeenth century comes the story of four spirited sisters and their glamorous mother, Elizabeth Stuart, granddaughter of the martyred Mary, Queen of Scots.
Upon her father's ascension to the illustrious throne of England, Elizabeth Stuart was suddenly thrust from the poverty of unruly Scotland into the fairy-tale existence of a princess of great wealth and splendor. When she was married at sixteen to a German count far below her rank, it was with the understanding that her father would help her husband achieve the kingship of Bohemia. The terrible betrayal of this commitment would ruin "the Winter Queen," as Elizabeth would forever be known, imperil the lives of those she loved, and launch a war that would last for thirty years.
Forced into exile, the Winter Queen and her family found refuge in Holland, where the glorious art and culture of the Dutch Golden Age indelibly shaped her daughters' lives. Her eldest, Princess Elizabeth, became a scholar who earned the respect and friendship of the philosopher René Descartes. Louisa was a gifted painter whose engaging manner and appealing looks provoked heartache and scandal. Beautiful Henrietta Maria would be the only sister to marry into royalty, although at great cost. But it was the youngest, Sophia, a heroine in the tradition of a Jane Austen novel, whose ready wit and good-natured common sense masked immense strength of character, who fulfilled the promise of her great-grandmother Mary and reshaped the British monarchy, a legacy that endures to this day.
Brilliantly researched and captivatingly written, filled with danger, treachery, and adventure but also love, courage, and humor, Daughters of the Winter Queen follows the lives of five remarkable women who, by refusing to surrender to adversity, changed the course of history.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)|
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Table of Contents
Selected Genealogy of the Stuart Family xii-xiii
Part I Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, Granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots
1 A King's Daughter 11
2 (An Almost) Royal Wedding 30
3 Goodwife Palsgrave 52
4 Queen of Bohemia 70
5 The Winter Queen 88
6 Queen of Hearts 108
Part II The Daughters of the Winter Queen: Princess Elizabeth, Louise Hollandine, Henrietta Maria, and Sophia
7 A Royal Refugee 137
8 Child of Light and Dark 149
9 Lilies and Roses 163
10 A Royal Education 177
11 The Visiting Philosopher 195
12 A Scandal in Bohemia 219
13 Honor and Duty 235
14 Royal Sense and Sensibility 259
15 A Lesson on the Passions 271
16 A Desperate Plan 287
17 The Electress, Two Dukes, and the Lady-in-Waiting 311
Part III The Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots
18 Abbess of Herford 341
19 Abbess of Maubuisson 363
20 A Scandal in Hanover 389
21 The Triumph of the Winter Queen 419
Selected Bibliography 461
Illustration Credits 469
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed reading this book as I was not familiar with a lot of this history. Many are familiar with Mary Queen of Scots but not with her granddaughter Elizabeth who went from the UK to marry a German Count. This book is about her and daughters as they try and hold onto their empires in Europe and regain one in England. The author has done a lot of research and it takes a while to get to the daughters. There are a lot of characters and it can get confusing trying to follow and it does get dry at times but I was glad I kept reading. The text is accompanied by some illustrations. Anyone with an interest in historical biography especially forgotten women will enjoy this book.
As usual Nancy Goldstone doesn't disappoint. A fascinating history of the women who started one of the most important royal lines of Great Britain. These were not obscure women but they are certainly not women we encounter at any length when learning standard English history. I couldn't put the book down I was so drawn into the narrative. There is a lot of retelling of historical data but that goes hand-in-hand with any history book and only adds to the immersion into the story.
A VERY NICE READ
A must read for Tudor Lovers. I was a First Read Winner of this book and I really enjoyed it. To be honest I knew nothing about the Winter Queen and her four daughters and I was eager to learn about them and their struggles, it shed a much needed light on some very resilient woman. I was glad that there was a genealogy tree at the beginning of the book though, because I found myself referring to it quiet a lot and it helped with keeping the names and marriages straight. If you think it is hard to be a woman nowadays, you must really read this book to see what the fairer sex had to endure then. I plan on reading the book again in the future just to help cement some of the facts.