The Rival Queens: Catherine de’ Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom

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Back Bay Books #ad - Treacherous court politics, mary, and adultery form the background to a story that includes such celebrated figures as Elizabeth I, inter-national espionage, Queen of Scots, poisonings, and Nostradamus. Ingram international inc. Her youngest daughter marguerite, " was a passionate free spirit, the glamorous "Queen Margot, the only adversary whom her mother could neither intimidate nor control.

When catherine forces the catholic marguerite to marry her protestant cousin Henry of Navarre against her will, and then uses her opulent Parisian wedding as a means of luring his followers to their deaths, she creates not only savage conflict within France but also a potent rival within her own family.

Rich in detail and vivid prose, Goldstone's narrative unfolds as a thrilling historical epic. The riveting true story of mother-and-daughter queens Catherine de' Medici and Marguerite de Valois, whose wildly divergent personalities and turbulent relationship changed the shape of their tempestuous and dangerous century.

The Rival Queens: Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom #ad - Set in magnificent renaissance france, this is the story of two remarkable women, a mother and daughter driven into opposition by a terrible betrayal that threatened to destroy the realm. Catherine de' medici was a ruthless pragmatist and powerbroker who dominated the throne for thirty years. The rival queens is a dangerous tale of love, and the true nature of courage, ambition, betrayal, the echoes of which still resonate.

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Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Back Bay Books #ad - Forced into exile, the winter queen and her family found refuge in Holland, where the glorious art and culture of the Dutch Golden Age indelibly shaped her daughters' lives. Her eldest, princess elizabeth, became a scholar who earned the respect and friendship of the philosopher René Descartes. The thrilling family saga of five unforgettable women who remade EuropeFrom the great courts, and war-ravaged battlefields of the seventeenth century comes the story of four spirited sisters and their glamorous mother, glittering palaces, granddaughter of the martyred Mary, Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Scots.

Upon her father's ascension to the illustrious throne of England, Elizabeth Stuart was suddenly thrust from the poverty of unruly Scotland into the fairy-tale existence of a princess of great wealth and splendor. Beautiful henrietta Maria would be the only sister to marry into royalty, although at great cost.

Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots #ad - Louisa was a gifted painter whose engaging manner and appealing looks provoked heartache and scandal. But it was the youngest, sophia, who fulfilled the promise of her great-grandmother Mary and reshaped the British monarchy, whose ready wit and good-natured common sense masked immense strength of character, a heroine in the tradition of a Jane Austen novel, a legacy that endures to this day.

Brilliantly researched and captivatingly written, and adventure but also love, and humor, filled with danger, by refusing to surrender to adversity, treachery, Daughters of the Winter Queen follows the lives of five remarkable women who, courage, changed the course of history. When she was married at sixteen to a German count far below her rank, it was with the understanding that her father would help her husband achieve the kingship of Bohemia.

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The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily

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Back Bay Books #ad - The riveting history of a beautiful queen, a shocking murder, a papal trial -- and a reign as triumphant as any in the Middle Ages. Victorious, she returned to naples and ruled over one of Europe's most prestigious courts for the next three decades -- until she herself was killed. Courageous and determined, Joanna was the only female monarch in her time to rule in her own name.

The lady queen is a captivating portrait of medieval royalty in all its incandescent complexity. A procession of the most important artists and writers of the time frequented her glittering court. Determined to defend herself, Joanna won her acquittal against overwhelming odds. She was widely admired: dedicated to the welfare of her subjects, she reduced crime, built hospitals and churches, and encouraged the licensing of female physicians.

The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily #ad - But she never quite escaped the stain of her husband's death, and the turmoil of the times surrounded her -- war, plague, and treachery would ultimately be her undoing. With skill, and impeccable research and detail, passion, Nancy Goldstone brings to life one of history's most remarkable women. On march 15, queen of naples, twenty-two-year-old Joanna I, 1348, stood trial for the murder of her husband before the Pope and his court in Avignon.

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Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France

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Harper Perennial #ad - In this critically hailed biography, leonie frieda reclaims the story of this unjustly maligned queen to reveal a skilled ruler battling extraordinary political and personal odds -- from a troubled childhood in Florence to her marriage to Henry, son of King Francis I of France; from her transformation of French culture to her fight to protect her throne and her sons' birthright.

Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France #ad - Poisoner, despot, necromancer -- the dark legend of Catherine de Medici is centuries old. Based on thousands of private letters, it is a remarkable account of one of the most influential women ever to wear a crown.

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Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe

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Penguin Books #ad - During their reigns, raised armies, they exercised considerable political authority, intervened diplomatically and helped redraw the map of Europe. Theirs is a drama of courage, sagacity and ambition that re-examines the concept of leadership in the Middle Ages. Each sister in this extraordinary family was beautiful, and accomplished but what made these women so remarkable was that each became queen of a principal European power—France, cultured, England, Germany and Sicily.

Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe #ad - For fans of alison weir and antonia fraser, four queens is the story of four provocative sisters—marguerite, a time of chivalry and crusades, knights and monarchs, Sanchia, troubadors, Eleanor, acclaimed author Nancy Goldstone’s thrilling history of the royal daughters who succeeded in ruling—and shaping—thirteenth-century Europe Set against the backdrop of the thirteenth century, and Beatrice of Provence—who rose from near obscurity to become the most coveted and powerful women in Europe.

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The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc

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Penguin Books #ad - Just as french hopes dimmed, an astonishingly courageous young woman named Joan of Arc arrived from the farthest recesses of the kingdom, claiming she carried a divine message-a message that would change the course of history and ultimately lead to the coronation of Charles VII and the triumph of France.

Now, this fascinating book explores the relationship between these two remarkable women, on the six hundredth anniversary of the birth of Joan of Arc, and deepens our understanding of this dramatic period in history. Politically astute, ambitious, queen of Sicily, Yolande of Aragon, and beautiful, was one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages.

The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc #ad - The untold story of the extraordinary queen who championed Joan of Arc. How did an illiterate peasant girl gain access to the future king of France, earn his trust, and ultimately lead his forces into battle? Was it only the hand of God that moved Joan of Arc-or was it also Yolande of Aragon? Caught in the complex dynastic battle of the hundred Years War, her statecraft, Yolande championed the dauphin's cause against the forces of England and Burgundy, drawing on her savvy, and her intimate network of spies.

But the enemy seemed invincible.

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Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics, and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence Enterprise

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - A swift and brilliant synthesis of finance, politics, and history. Ben sisario, new york times book review before they achieved renown as patrons of the arts and de facto rulers of Florence, the Medici family earned their fortune in banking. Tim parks reveals how the legendary medicis―cosimo and lorenzo “the Magnificent” in particular―used the diplomatic, and even metaphysical tools at hand, military, along with a healthy dose of intrigue and wit, to further their fortunes as well as their family’s standing.

But even at the height of the Renaissance, charging interest of any kind meant running afoul of the Catholic Church’s ban on usury. W w norton Company.

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Mary Queen of Scots

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Delta #ad - A book that will leave few readers unmoved. San francisco chronicleShe was the quintessential queen: statuesque, regal, dazzlingly beautiful. Antonia fraser’s richly readable biography demonstrates that Mary’s great fascination continues unabated. Time“compassionate, illuminating, rich in human interest.

The new york times ”One of the most fascinating figures in history. The columbus dispatch “with grace, sensitivity, and a sharp eye for detail, lady Antonia Fraser has succeeded not only in recapturing the real Mary from the symbol but also in illuminating the chaotic age in which she lived. Newsweek W w norton Company.

Mary Queen of Scots #ad - Praise for mary queen of scots“She was sometimes reviled as a scheming whore, sometimes revered as a misunderstood martyr. Her royal birth gave her claim to the thrones of two nations; her marriage to the young French dauphin promised to place a third glorious crown on her noble head. Instead, scandalizing her world with a foolish passion that would lead to abduction, Mary Stuart became the victim of her own impulsive heart, rape and even murder.

Here is her story, a queen who lost a throne for love, a monarch pampered and adored even as she was led to her beheading, the unforgettable woman who became a legend for all time. Betrayed by those she most trusted, only to lose to her envious and unforgiving cousin, she would be lured into a deadly game of power, Elizabeth I.

But she was invariably regarded as fascinating. Delta.

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Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens

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Vintage #ad - Against the backdrop of sixteenth-century England, and France, Scotland, Dunn paints portraits of a pair of protagonists whose formidable strengths were placed in relentless opposition. A perceptive, suspenseful account. The new york times Book Review"Dunn demythologizes Elizabeth and Mary. But few books have brought to life more vividly the exquisite texture of two women’s rivalry, spurred on by the ambitions and machinations of the forceful men who surrounded them.

Protestant elizabeth, the bastard daughter of Anne Boleyn, whose legitimacy had to be vouchsafed by legal means, glowed with executive ability and a visionary energy as bright as her red hair. W w norton Company. Mary, feminine, was charming, the Catholic successor whom England’s rivals wished to see on the throne, and deeply persuasive.

Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens #ad - That two such women, queens in their own right, should have been contemporaries and neighbours sets in motion a joint biography of rare spark and page-turning power. Superb. Delta. The drama has terrific resonance even now as women continue to struggle in their bid for executive power.

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Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - But it was the youngest, a heroine in the tradition of a jane Austen novel, who fulfilled the promise of her great-grandmother Mary and reshaped the British monarchy, Sophia, whose ready wit and good-natured common sense masked immense strength of character, a legacy that endures to this day. Brilliantly researched and captivatingly written, by refusing to surrender to adversity, Daughters of the Winter Queen follows the lives of five remarkable women who, treachery, and humor, filled with danger, and adventure but also love, courage, changed the course of history.

The thrilling family saga of five unforgettable women who remade Europe. Forced into exile, the winter queen and her family found refuge in Holland, where the glorious art and culture of the Dutch Golden Age indelibly shaped her daughters' lives. Louisa was a gifted painter whose engaging manner and appealing looks provoked heartache and scandal.

Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots #ad - The thrilling family saga of five unforgettable women who remade EuropeFrom the great courts, granddaughter of the martyred Mary, glittering palaces, Elizabeth Stuart, and war-ravaged battlefields of the seventeenth century comes the story of four spirited sisters and their glamorous mother, Queen of Scots.

Upon her father's ascension to the illustrious throne of England, Elizabeth Stuart was suddenly thrust from the poverty of unruly Scotland into the fairy-tale existence of a princess of great wealth and splendor. Beautiful henrietta Maria would be the only sister to marry into royalty, although at great cost.

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Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe

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Basic Books #ad - W w norton Company. Across boundaries and generations, these royal women were mothers and daughters, mentors and protégées, allies and enemies. Sarah gristwood has written a masterpiece that effortlessly and enthrallingly interweaves the amazing stories of women who ruled in Europe during the Renaissance period.

Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe #ad - Alison weir sixteenth-century Europe saw an explosion of female rule. A fascinating group biography and a thrilling political epic, Game of Queens explores the lives of some of the most beloved and reviled queens in history. Delta. From isabella of castile, and elizabeth tudor, and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, Anne Boleyn, to Catherine de Medici, these women wielded enormous power over their territories, shaping the course of European history for over a century.

For the first time, Europe saw a sisterhood of queens who would not be equaled until modern times. The thrilling family saga of five unforgettable women who remade Europe.

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