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Helen Castor
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 4 years ago
bookshelves: autumn-2015, e-book, medieval5c-16c, published-2011, nonfiction, history, tudor, nonfic-nov-2015, women, plantagenet-1154-1485, angevins Read from September 12 to November 08, 2015 Description: When Edward VI - Henry VIII’s longed-for son - died in 1553, extraordinarily, there was ...
By Singing Light
By Singing Light rated it 4 years ago
I read this because I heard an NPR interview with Castor and was intrigued by the fact that she wanted to set Joan within her historical and political context–giving the background that surrounds her rather than continuing the exceptional individual narrative. Unfortunately, I think the balance was ...
Hipster Ariel's Literary Grotto
Hipster Ariel's Literary Grotto rated it 6 years ago
I found this to be a brief but comprehensive book on several queens that were not the stereotypical queens we picture in popular culture when we think of medieval queens. The women mentioned were some of the earliest feminists, and this book has made me want to read more about these incredible, to...
Cassandra Reads
Cassandra Reads rated it 6 years ago
I felt a little cheated by the subtitle of this book, since none of the women discussed really ruled in their own right. I guess that was hoping for to much. I found it a little strange that Mary only got a mention at the end, rather than the four chapters the other women received.
With a dreamy, far off look...
With a dreamy, far off look... rated it 7 years ago
Helen Castor begins this book with the death of King Edward VI, and how for the first time in England's history, all the possible heirs to the throne were female; his sisters Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, as well as his personal pick, Jane Grey. However, this was the not the first time in history that a...
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