- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Oneworld Publications (6 Oct. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780749945
- ISBN-13: 978-1780749945
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.5 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe Hardcover – 6 Oct 2016
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‘Gristwood handles multiple narrative strands with tremendous finesse... Densely packed with fascinating material, this immensely ambitious undertaking succeeds triumphantly.’(Literary Review)
‘A masterpiece that effortlessly and enthrallingly interweaves the amazing stories of women who ruled in Europe during the Renaissance period...and a pacy and illuminating good read.’(Alison Weir)
‘Engaging and highly readable.’(BBC History Magazine, Books of the Year)
‘Gristwood brings them all to life with her usual mix of character study and pacy narrative’.(History Revealed)
‘Gristwood interweaves the drama of monarchy with its more domestic moments.’(Telegraph)
‘A fast-paced chronological narrative bursting with intrigue.’(Publishers Weekly)
‘Sarah Gristwood’s study of the brilliant, beleaguered and often bloody difficult women who kept Europe going in the sixteenth century is compelling, clear-eyed, beautifully rendered and never-more-timely.’(Jessie Childs)
‘A magnificent exploration of a most remarkable group…Gristwood gives us impeccable research, incisive attention to detail and exquisite writing as she investigates these truly fascinating women and their lives of courage, tribulation and determination. Absolutely unputdownable.’(Kate Williams, author of The Storms of War)
About the Author
Sarah Gristwood has written bestselling biographies of Arbella Stuart, Elizabeth and Leicester. Her previous book, Blood Sisters, was a dramatic portrait of the women whose dynastic ambitions and rivalries fuelled the Wars of the Roses. She lives in Camden, London, and Kent.
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Mary of Hungary in the early 1500s was appointed as governor of the Netherlands by her brother, Holy Roman Emperor Charles the Fifth. She wore herself out in the role, but did it so well that her brother simply would not let her step down into quiet contemplation and rest. As Charles said, "I am only one and cannot be everywhere". This was true of others, such as Anne de Beaujeu of France, whose skills were manifest and appreciated, whether in direct rule, decision making, the brokering of peace deals, or in the mentoring of the daughters and nieces for whom they were responsible. Like a number of 16th Century women, Anne de Beaujeu was also a published author and her book "Lessons for my Daughter" is in print to this day.
Marguerite of Navarre was similarly greatly trusted and relied upon by her brother, Francois the First of France. She and his mother were particularly vital in holding things together during his captivity as a hostage in Spain.Read more ›
The first section of the book takes as its starting point the late fifteenth-century and early sixteenth-, encompassing the spectacular reign of Isabella of Castile, mother of Katherine of Aragon, and the very different experiences of Anne de Beaujeu, Anne of Brittany and Margaret of Austria. It is perhaps surprising that Lady Margaret Beaufort does not feature in this account; she was not a queen, but contemporaries were certainly aware of her political, religious and dynastic significance during the reign of her son, Henry VII of England. Perhaps, given that Gristwood has already written about Margaret in her book "Blood Sisters", she did not feel the need to focus on her here.Read more ›
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More research could not have been entered into so cautiously. A book reaching out to chauvinists and feminists alike.
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Unfortunately the obvious research that Sarah had done and her ideas just simply did not come together in any coherant way. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carole Temple
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