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Queens Consort: England's Medieval Queens

Queens Consort: England's Medieval Queens [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Hilton
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A fascinating study (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

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England from the perspective of its consort queens - a distaff history of the nation from 1066 to 1503.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2323 KB
  • Print Length: 573 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (31 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY8NU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,964 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah
I have been reading historical fiction and non-fiction for over 20 years, so was pleased to see a book covering all the medieval queens - while some are extremely popular in both non-fiction and fiction (eg Eleanor of Aquitaine, Elizabeth Woodville, Elizabeth of York), many others are much more obscure.

I have read a few biographies of pre-Tudor English queens, but have found that these are better described as histories of the reigning king and the times - it seems that there is just not enough information recorded about medieval queens to write a specific biography. I thought, therefore, that the format of this book - a chapter per queen - was an excellent idea, but the book was a disappointment.

Firstly, there seemed to be an assumption that the reader had a background knowledge about key events in each reign (which may not necessarily be the case, especially for overseas readers, or those new to the medieval era). Some events were described in detail, whilst others appeared to be skimmed over.

The personalities of the various medieval kings would have had a signficant impact on their queens, and for the most part, these were ignored.

I realise that it is impossible to accurately analyse the personality of a woman who lived over 500 years ago (particularly given the scarcity of sources for court life pre-Tudor times), but there are "clues" which can be followed, and I think more work could have been done to develop a "personality profile" of each queen. Similiarly, although there are few physical descriptions or illustrations of medieval queens, some do exist, and there are tomb monuments based on actual appearance.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
First I was quite a bit sceptical about this book project by Lisa Hilton. I am not too found of books covering several personalities and that over nearly 500 years. Very often, one gets never a real feeling for the personalities covered.

Well, I have to admit Lisa Hilton managed that brilliantly.

20 Queen Consorts are covered, each with rougly 20 pages and all are very different - from the legendary Elenor of Aquitaine, the She-Wolf of France, a Queen accused of witchcraft, well-remember Queens, forgotten Queens or a child Queen. Lisa Hilton describes their individual lives as consort to the King, as the King's wife, mother of Kings and her role she had to fullfill. She shows how the role of Queen Consort develops over the centuries and how each Queen left her mark and developed the role, how Queens contributed to the reign of their husbands, but as well how they were liabilities. Lisa Hilton judges the Queens in a great manner, she is quite clear how she sees them. I loved her style which has a great flow.

I believe Lisa Hilton has done a great job and has written a book which will be a great classic on the medieval Queens Consorts.

I hope she is going to continue with the later Queen Consorts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good focus on area 16 Oct 2009
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Positives - This book is very thorough and gives an in depth narrative of the lives and behaviours of all the queens covered. It also shows the development of the queen consort role from 1066 - 1485

I found the book absorbing and it gave a good picture of the life of women - and of society - in medieveal times

Negatives - I read it in 2 halves as I got bored with the similar style.

I didn't like the author viewpoint 'understandably they...' - I prefer to make my own conclusions of behaviour rather than it being suggested what I should think

I also disagree with the comment about the fact that the 16th century had 2 reigning queens and that this indicates that the queen consort role was more powerful than the actions of later queen consorts suggested - these were queens reigning and were a totally different 'breed' to queen consorts.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look at medieval queenship 19 Oct 2009
There is such a paucity of information on queen's from this period that I thought this book would like other books on medieval queen's, focus largely on the more dominant figure of the king. I was however pleasantly surprised.

Lisa Hilton has definitely gone through the sources with a fine-tooth comb and has written a book that does give a great deal of information on each queen from 1066 - 1485, even touching on pre-Conquest queen's.
Whilst I disagree with some of the author's views expressed in the book, there is no doubt that Ms Hilton wishes to challenge our preconceptions of medieval queens as being more than a feminine counterpoint to the king.

There is, as said a paucity of substantial information on queen's from this period particularly the lesser known ones like Anne of Bohemia and Isabelle of Valois, but Ms Hilton makes the best of a 'bad' situation nonetheless.

The major drawback to the book is that it can feel a little long-winded by the time one gets towards the 15th century queen's. So much information is presented that one may wish to put the book down and come back to it later.

All in all though, a very interesting and redefining(?) book on medieval queen's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
item is good just as described, thanks
Published 1 month ago by mr benjamin david jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Queens Consort by Lisa Hilton
I've only read the entry relating to Anne Neville but it is so badly researched that it has put me off trying any more of the book.
Published 2 months ago by M Barnfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly good look at some of England's most important queens
I found this book very readable and informative. It gives more of the story of some of England's most significant queens. We tend to focus on the powerful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rev Tony Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars Queens Consort
This book was most interesting and easy to read. History is my favourite "thing" so I was not disappointed with it ..
Published 5 months ago by Liz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to dip into
I tended to dip into this rather than read cover to cover. Easy to read but factual, enjoyable and informative
Published 8 months ago by lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars These ladies were not just ornamental
This book is written by a very knowledgeable author. Since I read the book, I learnt much more than I already knew about England's Medieval Queens. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sally T
4.0 out of 5 stars Queens Consort:England's medieval Queens
I like this book. It is a good dispassionate overview. readable. i will refer to this book again. Well researched
Published 12 months ago by Kate Nightingale
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This book is a good read for anyone interested in the Queens of the Medieval period as they have not always been portrayed as much as the Kings. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Christmas Elf
4.0 out of 5 stars Medieval Queens
I am working my way through this book at the moment and it is very interesting and informative. It can be a little boring at times as what the authoress has to say can be said in... Read more
Published 18 months ago by tartan tattie
2.0 out of 5 stars Inacurate
I was full of hope for this book, indeed I thought it was great until Catherine of Valois...Fair enough I had already thought it was a bit off handed,until page 385... Read more
Published 19 months ago by acc254
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