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

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England's medieval queens were elemental in shaping the historyof the nation. In an age where all politics were family politics,dynastic marriages placed English queens at the very center ofpower—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 positionin the mercurial, often violent world of medieval politics, thesequeens had to negotiate a role that combined tremendous influence with terrifying vulnerability.

Lisa Hilton's illuminating new book explores the lives of thetwenty women who were crowned queen between 1066 and 1503.War, adultery, witchcraft, child abuse, murder—and occasionallyeven 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 themodern state.


ISBN 9781605981055
Genre HISTORY / Medieval
Format Paperback
Pages 482
Publisher Date 2010-08-03 00:00:00.0
Publisher Pegasus Books
Copyright Year 2010
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.25 in
Thickness 1.5 in
Unit weight 1.2 lb
Language English
Subtitle England's Medieval Queens from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Elizabeth of York
Edition Number 1
Audience College/higher education
Authors Hilton, Lisa
Country of Origin United States

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