Queens of the Conquest : England’s Medieval Queens
by Alison Weir
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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A Daily Telegraph Book of the Year of Medieval England’s History of Queens is vivid and stirring, packed with tragedy, tragedy and even comedyIt is a chronicle of love, murder, war and betrayal, filled with passion, intrigue and sadness, populated by a cast of heroines, villains, stateswomen and amateursIn the first volume of this new epic series, Alison Weir strips centuries-old romantic mythology and prejudices to reveal the life of England’s queens of the century, after the Norman ConquestBeginning with Mathilde of Flanders, who supported William the Conqueror in his invasion of England in 1066, and culminating in the turbulent life of Empress Maud, who claimed to be Queen of England in her own right and fought a bitter war to this end, the five Norman Queens appear as very influential figures and fascinating charactersMuch more than a series of individual biographies, The Queens of the Conquest is a perfect story of interconnected life and a rich portrait of English history in a period of fluxIn Alison Weir the hands of these five extraordinary women regain their rightful place as roles at the centre of English history
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