Daughters of Chivalry

Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of Edward I

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, British History, Medieval Britain
Hardback Published on: 21/03/2019
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Daughters of Chivalry
For Novice and Academic alike
Wilson-Lee’s book is an exploration of the daughters of Edward I and their less restricted, institutionalised interaction with power than that of their mal... READ MORE
Elizabeth Champion
Daughters of Chivalry
Accessible history
‘Daughters of Chivalry’ introduces you to the overlooked daughters of Edward I. It is a fascinating, completely readable book that examines each of their l... READ MORE
Daughters of Chivalry
A wonderful way to honour the lives of remarkable women.
I was blown away by this book. Written in a way that is accessible to everyone and well researched - this book will transform your understanding of mediev... READ MORE
Nazmiye at Woking


'A stunning and intricately researched portrayal of five extraordinary women whose stories have until now remained in the shadows. The author shatters many of the myths surrounding the lives of medieval princesses and brings them to life in all their startling modernity.' Tracy Borman, author of The Private Lives of the Tudors and Thomas Cromwell

Virginal, chaste, humble, patiently waiting for rescue by brave knights and handsome princes: this idealized - and largely mythical - notion of the medieval noblewoman still lingers. Yet the reality was very different, as Kelcey Wilson-Lee shows in this vibrant account of the five daughters of the great English king, Edward I.

The lives of these sisters - Eleanora, Joanna, Margaret, Mary and Elizabeth - ran the full gamut of experiences open to royal women in the Middle Ages. Living as they did in a courtly culture founded on romantic longing and brilliant pageantry, they knew that a princess was to be chaste yet a mother to many children, preferably sons, meek yet able to influence a recalcitrant husband or even command a host of men-at-arms. Edward's daughters were of course expected to cement alliances and secure lands and territory by making great dynastic marriages, or endow religious houses with royal favour. But they also skilfully managed enormous households, navigated choppy diplomatic waters and promoted their family's cause throughout Europe - and had the courage to defy their royal father. They might never wear the crown in their own right, but they were utterly confident of their crucial role in the spectacle of medieval kingship.

Drawing on a wide range of contemporary sources, Daughters of Chivalry offers a rich portrait of these spirited Plantagenet women. With their libraries of beautifully illustrated psalters and tales of romance, their rich silks and gleaming jewels, we follow these formidable women throughout their lives and see them - at long last - shine from out of the shadows, revealing what it was to be a princess in the Age of Chivalry.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781509847891
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 673g
  • Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 39 mm

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Daughters of Chivalry
A wonderful book. So beautifully written, well researched and presented in an accessible way. For too long these remarkable women have be forgotten as the... READ MORE
Liz  Gaydon
Daughters of Chivalry
Not just knights in armour
Think of Edward the First and you might think of wars in France and Scotland, the re-creation of Arthurian myth, or how his son squandered his legacy: you ... READ MORE
Richard Watson