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

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

by Nancy Goldstone

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The thrilling family saga of five unforgettable women who remade Europe

From the great courts, glittering palaces, and war-ravaged battlefields of the seventeenth century comes the story of four spirited sisters and their glamorous mother, Elizabeth Stuart, granddaughter of the martyred Mary, 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. 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. The terrible betrayal of this commitment would ruin "the Winter Queen," as Elizabeth would forever be known, imperil the lives of those she loved, and launch a war that would last for thirty years.
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. Louisa was a gifted painter whose engaging manner and appealing looks provoked heartache and scandal. Beautiful Henrietta Maria would be the only sister to marry into royalty, although at great cost. But it was the youngest, Sophia, a heroine in the tradition of a Jane Austen novel, whose ready wit and good-natured common sense masked immense strength of character, who fulfilled the promise of her great-grandmother Mary and reshaped the British monarchy, a legacy that endures to this day.
Brilliantly researched and captivatingly written, filled with danger, treachery, and adventure but also love, courage, and humor, Daughters of the Winter Queen follows the lives of five remarkable women who, by refusing to surrender to adversity, changed the course of history.

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ISBN-13: 9780316387880
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 75,657
File size: 79 MB
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About the Author

Nancy Goldstone is the author of five previous books including The Rival Queens: Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom; The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc; Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe; and The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily. She has also coauthored six books with her husband, Lawrence Goldstone. She lives in Sagaponack, New York.

Table of Contents

Map xii-xiii

Selected Genealogy of the Stuart Family xiv-xv

Introduction 3

Part I The Winter Queen, Granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots Elizabeth Stuart

1 A King's Daughter 11

2 (An Almost) Royal Wedding 30

3 Goodwife Palsgrave 52

4 Queen of Bohemia 70

5 The Winter Queen 88

6 Queen of Hearts 108

Part II The Daughters of the Winter Queen: Princess Elizabeth Louise Hollandine Henrietta Maria Sophia

7 A Royal Refugee 137

8 Child of Light and Dark 149

9 Lilies and Roses 163

10 A Royal Education 177

11 The Visiting Philosopher 195

12 A Scandal in Bohemia 219

13 Honor and Duty 235

14 Royal Sense and Sensibility 259

15 A Lesson on the Passions 271

16 A Desperate Plan 287

17 The Electress, Two Dukes, and the Lady-in-Waiting 311

Part III The Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots

18 Abbess of Herford 341

19 Abbess of Maubuisson 363

20 A Scandal in Hanover 389

21 The Triumph of the Winter Queen 419

Epilogue 431

Acknowledgments 433

Notes 437

Selected Bibliography 461

Illustration Credits 469

Index 471

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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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual Nancy Goldstone doesn't disappoint. A fascinating history of the women who started one of the most important royal lines of Great Britain. These were not obscure women but they are certainly not women we encounter at any length when learning standard English history. I couldn't put the book down I was so drawn into the narrative. There is a lot of retelling of historical data but that goes hand-in-hand with any history book and only adds to the immersion into the story.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Four granddaughters of Mary, Queen of Scots outlive their grandmother's legacy that ended in her beheading. These four women are each known for something different, but will each turn their family's name from something negative to something positive. Being a fan of the royal family, I was intrigued by this book when I found out that our current royals are from this lineage. With the title of Daughters of the Winter Queen, I was ready from the beginning to read about these four women. It took way too long to get to them. I appreciated some background knowledge of their heritage and where they came from, but most of the book focused on their mother and by the time it go to the four girls, I was frustrated that I read so much about their mother.
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book as I was not familiar with a lot of this history. Many are familiar with Mary Queen of Scots but not with her granddaughter Elizabeth who went from the UK to marry a German Count. This book is about her and daughters as they try and hold onto their empires in Europe and regain one in England. The author has done a lot of research and it takes a while to get to the daughters. There are a lot of characters and it can get confusing trying to follow and it does get dry at times but I was glad I kept reading. The text is accompanied by some illustrations. Anyone with an interest in historical biography especially forgotten women will enjoy this book.
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Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
A must read for Tudor Lovers. I was a First Read Winner of this book and I really enjoyed it. To be honest I knew nothing about the Winter Queen and her four daughters and I was eager to learn about them and their struggles, it shed a much needed light on some very resilient woman. I was glad that there was a genealogy tree at the beginning of the book though, because I found myself referring to it quiet a lot and it helped with keeping the names and marriages straight. If you think it is hard to be a woman nowadays, you must really read this book to see what the fairer sex had to endure then. I plan on reading the book again in the future just to help cement some of the facts.