Occupying a unique position in the mercurial, often violent world of medieval state-craft, England’s medieval queens were elemental in shaping the history of the monarchy and the nation. Lisa Hilton’s meticulously researched new work explores the lives of the 20 women crowned between 1066 and 1503. She reconsiders the fictions surrounding well-known figures like Eleanor of Aquitaine, illuminates the lives of forgotten queens such as Adeliza of Louvain, and shows why they all had to negotiate a role that combined tremendous influence with terrifying vulnerability. The result is a provocative and dramatic narrative that redefines English history.
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Generally competent survety of medieval queens of England from Matilda wife of William the Conqueror to Elizabeth of York wife of Hwenry VII. Level-headed about most of the romantic nonsense talked about some of the queens, notably Eleanor of Aquitaine and Eleanor of Castile. The only dubious story she endorses is Elizabeth of York's alleged desire to marry Richard III. However, she does sometimes misuse medieval terms -- the bishjop of London was not a "primate" and the original law barring the Beaufotrs from the throne was not an "attainder" (though some of them were attainted later).