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Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval Queens

Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval Queens (Hardback)

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Alison Weir’s pacey narrative opens up a period of history that is shrouded in mystery. By focusing on significant female figures, Weir presents a more expansive picture of the period. Additional brief anecdotes cast a different light on the more famous and infamous characters, offering more revelations than any school history lesson I recall.

Lloyd, Royal Festival Hall  

Alison Weir is one my absolute favourite authors. She writes such engaging and entertaining history that her non-fiction reads as beautifully and smoothly as her fiction. I’m especially happy when she writes about Queens, and in this first volume of what promises to be a great new series, we meet a handful of Matildas, a Maud and an Adeliza. Wonderful stuff.

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The story of England's medieval queens is vivid and stirring, packed with tragedy, high drama and even comedy. It is a chronicle of love, murder, war and betrayal, filled with passion, intrigue and sorrow, peopled by a cast of heroines, villains, stateswomen and lovers. In the first volume of this epic new series, Alison Weir strips away centuries of romantic mythology and prejudice to reveal the lives of England's queens in the century after the Norman Conquest. Beginning with Matilda of Flanders, who supported William the Conqueror in his invasion of England in 1066, and culminating in the turbulent life of the Empress Maud, who claimed to be queen of England in her own right and fought a bitter war to that end, the five Norman queens emerge as hugely influential figures and fascinating characters. Much more than a series of individual biographies, Queens of the Conquest is a seamless tale of interconnected lives and a rich portrait of English history in a time of flux. In Alison Weir's hands these five extraordinary women reclaim their rightful roles at the centre of English history.



BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryBiographyBiography: generalBiography: royaltyHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500Medieval historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish history Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 28/09/2017 ISBN-13: 9781910702079  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Alison Weir is one of Britain's top-selling historians. She is the author of numerous works of history and historical fiction, specialising in the medieval and Tudor periods. Her bestselling history books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Elizabeth of York and, most recently, The Lost Tudor Princess. Her novels include Innocent Traitor, Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession. She is an Honorary Life Patron of Historic Royal Palaces. She is married with two adult children and lives and works in Surrey.

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