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Queens of the Crusades

Queens of the Crusades

Packed with incredible true stories and legendary medieval intrigue, this epic narrative history chronicles the first five queens from the powerful royal family that ruled England and France for over three hundred years.

This remarkable recreation of the action-packed century that saw the murder of Thomas Becket and the signing of the Magna Carta covers the lives and reigns of the first five Plantagenet queens, who ruled England and France throughout the bloody 1200s, a particularly dramatic and violent period of European history. Wars, crusades, treachery, murder, passion, and the interplay between rival monarchs of Britain and France provide a surprising picture of these five ambitious women and their struggle for power.

The queens covered in the book are Eleanor of Aquitaine, Berengaria of Navarre, Isabella of Angouleme, Alienor of Provence and Eleanor of Castile. One of these queens became legendary when, accompanying her husband on crusade, she saved his life by sucking the blood from his poisoned-arrow wound. Equally intriguing are the descriptions of their marriages, including one that was extremely tempestuous, and one that was a love match turned sour when the jealous husband discovered his queen's infidelity and retaliated by killing her lovers and hanging their bodies from the canopy of her bed.

This second volume of historian Alison Weir's critically acclaimed Medieval Queens series brings these unfamiliar, fascinating royals to life, demonstrating how very much they resemble self-determining women of our own time.

Titulo:Queens of the Crusades
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9781101966693
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Acerca de Alison Weir

Alison Weir is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens, and of historical fiction. Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs. She received her formal training in history at teacher training


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  • Vonda

    This one is for the history lovers, another well researced book from Alison Weir. This is a very in depth look at the wives of some of the greatest kings of medieval England. Ms. Weir has a magical wa...

  • Margolynn

    What an amazing creative read. I always know I’m in for a great read when I get one of this authors books. And this one was didn’t let me down. The storyline was captivating and intriguing the cha...

  • Elena

    Like the first book in the series, this was a well researched study, but for me it wasn't as compelling as other Weir's works; probably because Weir focuses on the kings just as much, if not more, as ...

  • Ellie

    What struck me the most from reading this marvelously researched and thorough book, is the dynasty of the Plantagenets family timeline! Alison Weir does it again. She is the epitome of historic author...

  • Helen Carolan

    Another excellent piece of history from Ms Weir. This is the second in her medieval queens series. It starts with Eleanor of Aquitaine and follows the queens who came after her, from her daughters, da...

  • Michelle

    Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC.I enjoyed this. I'd previously read Weir's longer book on Eleanor of Aquitaine and loved it, and I liked this too, although I'm not sure the different spellings of the...

  • Vanessa

    This author is amazing. I cannot even imagine how much time she spends doing research. And she publishes fairly frequently. It's stunning. This is the second in the series about the queens of England....

  • John Marshall

    Reasonable introduction for the general reader, let down by factual errors, an over reliance on Mathew Paris for source material and poor to non existent foot noting - the latter perhaps excused for a...

  • Katie

    As usual, I loved this book. It didn’t seem to have as many funny asides as the first in the series but I’m always amazed at how quickly Weir can churn these books out! This installment follows El...

  • Joyce

    560 pages5 starsThe research for this book must have been exhaustive. My hat is off to Ms. Weir for her dedication and determination to fully examine any available documents of the day in order to put...

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