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Game of Queens : The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe
by Sarah Gristwood


Overview - "Sarah Gristwood has written a masterpiece that effortlessly and enthrallingly interweaves the amazing stories of women who ruled in Europe during the Renaissance period."--Alison Weir

Sixteenth-century Europe saw an explosion of female rule.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"Sarah Gristwood has written a masterpiece that effortlessly and enthrallingly interweaves the amazing stories of women who ruled in Europe during the Renaissance period."--Alison Weir

Sixteenth-century Europe saw an explosion of female rule. From Isabella of Castile, and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, to Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth Tudor, these women wielded enormous power over their territories, shaping the course of European history for over a century. Across boundaries and generations, these royal women were mothers and daughters, mentors and protegees, allies and enemies. For the first time, Europe saw a sisterhood of queens who would not be equaled until modern times. A fascinating group biography and a thrilling political epic, Game of Queens explores the lives of some of the most beloved (and reviled) queens in history.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780465096787
  • ISBN-10: 0465096786
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publish Date: November 2016
  • Page Count: 384
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.45 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Royalty
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Historical - General
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Women

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

Gristwood (Blood Sisters), a commentator on British royal affairs, reframes the Renaissance as an Age of Queens in a fast-paced chronological narrative bursting with intrigue. Opening with Spains Isabella of Castile (14511504) and concluding with Englands Elizabeth I (15331603), Gristwood successfully demonstrates how mentors, such as Margaret of Austria (whose court included a young Anne Boleyn), and power wielders, such as the resolute Isabella, helped influence generations of ambitious, high-ranking women through networking and clever manipulation. Some of these women (such as Louise of Savoy and Catherine de Medici) enjoyed great success, while others enduredand sometimes causedgreat misery (notably Mary, Queen of Scots, and Mary I). Gristwood places each womans story in the context of her own realm as well as in that of contemporary Europe, using multiple sources and providing clear, impartial explanations. She sympathetically describes limited options for women, especially regarding marriages, and also bluntly details self-destructive decisions. Surprisingly, Gristwood barely mentions some of the powerful and well-known medieval queens (Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France) who preceded the women here, perhaps because too much emphasis on them would have shifted the books steady focus. Gristwoods fresh take on a well-documented period and the achievements, failures, and relationships of some of Europes most powerful players is intriguing, cohesive, and accessible. Illus. (Dec.)

 
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