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

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Basic Books, Nov 29, 2016 - History - 384 pages
"Sarah Gristwood has written a masterpiece that effortlessly and enthrallingly interweaves the amazing stories of women who ruled in Europe during the Renaissance period."--Alison Weir

Sixteenth-century Europe saw an explosion of female rule. From Isabella of Castile, and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, to Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth Tudor, these women wielded enormous power over their territories, shaping the course of European history for over a century. Across boundaries and generations, these royal women were mothers and daughters, mentors and protégées, allies and enemies. For the first time, Europe saw a sisterhood of queens who would not be equaled until modern times. 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.
 

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

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Gristwood (Blood Sisters), a commentator on British royal affairs, reframes the Renaissance as an “Age of Queens” in a fast-paced chronological narrative bursting with intrigue. Opening with Spain’s ... Read full review

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Kind of slow-going, even though the chapters were quite short. Interesting in terms of women's history. Read full review

Contents

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Preface
Spain and France 14741483
Spain Savoy and France
The Netherlands Spain England and Scotland
Scotland and England 1513
France 15141515
Scotland and England
England 1536
15371553
The Netherlands and France 1537
England and France 15441547
France 15481550
15531560
Scotland and the Netherlands 1554
France 15581560

The Netherlands
Calais 1520
The Netherlands and France 15201521
15221536
Italy France the Netherlands and Spain 1525
England 15251527
Scotland the Netherlands
The Netherlands
The Netherlands France and Italy
England 15301531
England 15321535
France and the Netherlands
England 15581560
Scotland 15581560
Scotland and England 15611565
France 15621565
Scotland 1565
The Netherlands France and England
France 1572
1572
Postscript
Acknowledgments
Notes and Further Reading

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About the author (2016)

Sarah Gristwood is a regular contributor to many London publications as well as a commentator on royal and historical affairs. The author of several previous books, including Blood Sisters, Gristwood splits her time between London and Kent, United Kingdom.

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