Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe

Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe

by Nancy Goldstone
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Four Queens 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
If you're curious about history, but hate dry scholarly tomes, this would work well for you. Goldstone's style is chatty, almost tabloid-like, but she works in dates and important events (wars, births of heirs, deaths, etc). If Kate Middleton had three younger sisters, one of whom married Prince Harry, and the other two married other European royalty, people would be scratching their heads, going, huh? Like Middleton, these girls (they became women later, but marrying at 13 or so, counts as being girls, IMO)were not themselves royalty; unlike the Middletons, their county, while beautiful, was vastly in debt. Except for the youngest daughter, they had NO dowry; Mama Dearest was charming but also manipulative and a bit controlling. She Also had eight ambitious brothers who managed to work the royal connections with their nieces to do quite well for themselves. While others may focus on the revolts, Crusades (FYI: Crusades, jihads, Inquisitions, and other religious wars are not happy or safe places to be, regardless of whether you believe the Divine is on your side) and continual tax and financing problems, I found it interesting how the family ties did seem to smooth conflicts between France and England, although the countries themselves had different agendas. Happy family Christmas parties, even. All in all, a fun and interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read - a fabulous story. I loved every bit of it. Goldstone is very witty and writes in such a clear, approachable style. I would recommend this very highly to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
katieadele1894 More than 1 year ago
It's a biography, but reads like a novel. I love that everything in it is factual, but not tedious to read about like biographies often can be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding read for anyone interested in European history or in the crazy antics of the monarchy and their breath takingly disfunctional families. Nancy Goldstone brings this entire period of history to life, and what interesting lives these women led. Since each sister married a man who eventually becomes a king, the book covers the history of France, England, The Holy Roman empire and other power players on the European scene. We even get to follow the protagonists on a couple of fascinating and heart wrenching crusades. The story is exciting and engaging and so much better than anything written by Philippa Gregory.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
This is a fairly engaging history of four sisters (and their mother) who had great influence in the shaping of Europe during the 13th century. Written in a style similiar to Alison Weir, the book depicts well the historical time and personalities placing these four women firmly in their familial, political, and historical times. Especially recommneded for the history nut.
pcflamingo More than 1 year ago
This was a can't-put-it-down book for me. The stories of the 4 queens were compelling, sad, and not at all dry history.
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It's the most anazing book you will ever read.
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