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.
Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots #ad - Beautiful henrietta Maria would be the only sister to marry into royalty, although at great cost. Her eldest, princess elizabeth, became a scholar who earned the respect and friendship of the philosopher René Descartes. But it was the youngest, sophia, who fulfilled the promise of her great-grandmother Mary and reshaped the British monarchy, a heroine in the tradition of a Jane Austen novel, whose ready wit and good-natured common sense masked immense strength of character, a legacy that endures to this day.
Brilliantly researched and captivatingly written, by refusing to surrender to adversity, Daughters of the Winter Queen follows the lives of five remarkable women who, and adventure but also love, treachery, courage, filled with danger, and humor, changed the course of history. 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.
The Rival Queens: Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a KingdomBack Bay Books #ad - Treacherous court politics, inter-national espionage, Mary, Queen of Scots, and adultery form the background to a story that includes such celebrated figures as Elizabeth I, poisonings, and Nostradamus. The rival queens is a dangerous tale of love, ambition, betrayal, and the true nature of courage, the echoes of which still resonate.
The riveting true story of mother-and-daughter queens Catherine de' Medici and Marguerite de Valois, whose wildly divergent personalities and turbulent relationship changed the shape of their tempestuous and dangerous century. Set in magnificent renaissance france, this is the story of two remarkable women, a mother and daughter driven into opposition by a terrible betrayal that threatened to destroy the realm.
The Rival Queens: Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom #ad - Catherine de' medici was a ruthless pragmatist and powerbroker who dominated the throne for thirty years. Her youngest daughter marguerite, " was a passionate free spirit, the glamorous "Queen Margot, the only adversary whom her mother could neither intimidate nor control. When catherine forces the catholic marguerite to marry her protestant cousin Henry of Navarre against her will, and then uses her opulent Parisian wedding as a means of luring his followers to their deaths, she creates not only savage conflict within France but also a potent rival within her own family.
Rich in detail and vivid prose, Goldstone's narrative unfolds as a thrilling historical epic. Ingram international inc.
The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and SicilyBack Bay Books #ad - The lady queen is a captivating portrait of medieval royalty in all its incandescent complexity. A procession of the most important artists and writers of the time frequented her glittering court. Ingram international inc. Victorious, she returned to naples and ruled over one of Europe's most prestigious courts for the next three decades -- until she herself was killed.
Courageous and determined, Joanna was the only female monarch in her time to rule in her own name. But she never quite escaped the stain of her husband's death, and the turmoil of the times surrounded her -- war, plague, and treachery would ultimately be her undoing. With skill, passion, and impeccable research and detail, Nancy Goldstone brings to life one of history's most remarkable women.
The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily #ad - The riveting history of a beautiful queen, a shocking murder, a papal trial -- and a reign as triumphant as any in the Middle Ages. She was widely admired: dedicated to the welfare of her subjects, she reduced crime, built hospitals and churches, and encouraged the licensing of female physicians. On march 15, queen of naples, twenty-two-year-old Joanna I, 1348, stood trial for the murder of her husband before the Pope and his court in Avignon.
Determined to defend herself, Joanna won her acquittal against overwhelming odds.
Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled EuropePenguin Books #ad - During their reigns, they exercised considerable political authority, raised armies, intervened diplomatically and helped redraw the map of Europe. Ingram international inc. For fans of alison weir and antonia fraser, sanchia, acclaimed author nancy goldstone’s thrilling history of the royal daughters who succeeded in ruling—and shaping—thirteenth-century Europe Set against the backdrop of the thirteenth century, Eleanor, troubadors, Four Queens is the story of four provocative sisters—Marguerite, a time of chivalry and crusades, knights and monarchs, and Beatrice of Provence—who rose from near obscurity to become the most coveted and powerful women in Europe.
Each sister in this extraordinary family was beautiful, cultured, England, and accomplished but what made these women so remarkable was that each became queen of a principal European power—France, Germany and Sicily. Theirs is a drama of courage, sagacity and ambition that re-examines the concept of leadership in the Middle Ages.
The House of Beaufort: The Bastard Line that Captured the CrownAmberley Publishing #ad - The wars of the roses were a tumultuous period in English history, with family fighting family over the greatest prize in the kingdom—the throne of England. The hopes and fortunes of the family gradually came to rest upon the shoulders of a teenage widow named Margaret Beaufort and her son Henry. From margaret would rise the house of tudor, the most famous of England’s royal houses and a dynasty that owed its crown to its forebears, the House of Beaufort.
The House of Beaufort: The Bastard Line that Captured the Crown #ad - Ingram international inc. But what gave the eventual victor of these brutal and complex wars, and how exactly did an illegitimate line come to challenge the English monarchy? This book uncovers the rise of the Beauforts from bastard stock of John of Gaunt, to esteemed companions of their cousin Henry V, the right to claim the crown? What made his Beaufort mother the great heiress of medieval England, Duke of Lancaster, Henry Tudor, celebrated victor of Agincourt, and tracks their fall with the House of Lancaster during the 1460s and 1470s.
Anna of Kleve, The Princess in the Portrait: A Novel Six Tudor QueensBallantine Books #ad - The surprising and dramatic life of the least known of king Henry VIII’s wives is illuminated in the fourth volume in the Six Tudor Queens series—for fans of Philippa Gregory, Hilary Mantel, and The Crown. Will he accuse anna of adultery as he did queen anne boleyn, a young woman with hopes and dreams of her own, and send her to the scaffold? Or will he divorce her and send her home in disgrace? Alison Weir takes a fresh and astonishing look at this remarkable royal marriage by describing it from the point of view of Queen Anna, alone and fearing for her life in a royal court that rejected her almost from the day she set foot on England’s shore.
. Anna of kleve, the princess in the Portrait: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Hardcover. Some think her attractive, but Henry knows he can never love her. Ingram international inc. Entranced by the lovely image, Henry is bitterly surprised when Anna arrives in England and he sees her in the flesh. What follows is the fascinating story of an awkward royal union that somehow had to be terminated.
Anna of Kleve, The Princess in the Portrait: A Novel Six Tudor Queens #ad - Even as henry begins to warm to his new wife and share her bed, his attention is captivated by one of her maids-of-honor. Henry commissions her portrait from his court painter, who depicts her from the most flattering perspective. Newly widowed and the father of an infant son, Henry VIII realizes he must marry again to ensure the royal succession.
Forty-six, overweight, and suffering from gout, Henry is soundly rejected by some of Europe's most eligible princesses.
Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of WindsorRowman & Littlefield Publishers #ad - Despite this setback, she became queen, grandmother of the current queen, mother of two kings, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne. Ingram international inc. The life of princess May of Teck is one of the great Cinderella stories in history. Anna of kleve, the princess in the Portrait: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Hardcover.
Her pivotal role in the abdication of her eldest son, the Duke of Windsor, is just one of the events that provide the backdrop for both thrilling biography and for narrating the splendors and tragedies of the entire house of Windsor. From a family of impoverished nobility, the scandalous Duke of Clarence, heir to the throne, she was chosen by Queen Victoria as the bride for her eldest grandson, who died mysteriously before their marriage.
An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene TewAmazon Crossing #ad - A wall street Journal and Amazon Charts bestseller. Two-time man booker prize winner hilary mantel names an american princess as one of her favorite books of the year: “light and gracefully written, impetuous, Allene Tew was beautiful, it dances through a century of history…” The GuardianBorn to a pioneering family in Upstate New York in the late 1800s, and frustrated by the confines of her small hometown.
. Never once did she look back. From the vantage point of the American upper class, Allene embodied the tumultuous Gilded Age. And from the hopes of a young girl from Jamestown, New York, Allene Tew would become the epitome of both a pursuer and survivor of the American Dream. From the castles and châteaus of Europe, she witnessed the Russian Revolution and became a princess.
An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew #ad - But when he died twelve years later, Allene packed her bags for New York City. Ingram international inc. Anna of kleve, the princess in the Portrait: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Hardcover. At eighteen, she met tod hostetter at a local dance, having no idea that the mercurial charmer she would impulsively wed was heir to one of the wealthiest families in America.
Over the course of four more marriages, she weathered personal tragedies during World War I and the catastrophic financial reversals of the crash of 1929.
The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret DouglasBallantine Books #ad - Her mother was a queen, and she herself was the granddaughter, cousin, niece, her father an earl, and grandmother of monarchs. New york times bestseller • named one of the best books of the year by the independent • from bestselling author and acclaimed historian alison weir comes the first biography of Margaret Douglas, the beautiful, cunning niece of Henry VIII of England who used her sharp intelligence and covert power to influence the succession after the death of Elizabeth I.
Margaret’s life was steeped in intrigue, and tragedy—from her auspicious birth in 1530 to her parents’ bitter divorce, drama, from her ill-fated love affairs to her appointment as lady-in-waiting for four of Henry’s six wives. Anna of kleve, the princess in the Portrait: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Hardcover.
The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas #ad - Royal tudor blood ran in her veins. The life of margaret douglas spans five reigns and provides many missing links between the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. In an age when women were expected to stay out of the political arena, alluring and tempestuous Margaret helped orchestrate one of the most notorious marriages of the sixteenth century: that of her son Lord Darnley to Mary, Queen of Scots.
Margaret defiantly warred with two queens—Mary, and Elizabeth of England—and was instrumental in securing the Stuart ascension to the throne of England for her grandson, James VI. Ballantine Books.
Mistress of the Monarchy: The Life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of LancasterBallantine Books #ad - Born in the mid-fourteenth century, Katherine de Roët was only twelve when she married Hugh Swynford, an impoverished knight. Acclaimed author alison weir brings to life the extraordinary tale of Katherine Swynford, a royal mistress who became one of the most crucial figures in the history of Great Britain.
But her story had truly begun two years earlier, when she was appointed governess to the household of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and fourth son of King Edward III. Ballantine Books. Mistress of the monarchy reveals a woman ahead of her time—making her own choices, flouting convention, and taking control of her own destiny.
Mistress of the Monarchy: The Life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster #ad - Ingram international inc. Anna of kleve, the princess in the Portrait: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Hardcover. Indeed, without katherine Swynford, the course of English history, perhaps even the world, would have been very different. Widowed at twenty-one, after many twists of fortune, Katherine became John's mistress and then, his bride in a scandalous marriage.
Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century EuropeBasic Books #ad - 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. Across boundaries and generations, mentors and protégées, these royal women were mothers and daughters, allies and enemies.
From isabella of castile, to catherine de medici, anne Boleyn, these women wielded enormous power over their territories, and Elizabeth Tudor, and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, shaping the course of European history for over a century. For the first time, Europe saw a sisterhood of queens who would not be equaled until modern times.
Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe #ad - 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. Anna of kleve, the princess in the Portrait: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Hardcover. Ballantine Books. Ingram international inc.