What are the best books about the medieval queens of England?

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    #1She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth

    She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth

    She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth is a book by Helen Castor that explains us the history of the women that ruled the kingdom of England or that were the rulers of the realm before Queen Elizabeth became the Queen of England.

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    Sara Welch
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "An interesting and insightful looks at some powerful, wealthy women who ruled. History is rich and detailed. Beautiful book."
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    #2Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life

    Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life

    Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life is a non-fiction book written by Alison Weir. It recounts the life of the queen of France, and later England, during the Middle Ages.

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    Brenda Armstrong
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a great historical look at Eleanor’s life, but it is just about this one Queen, even though she was queen twice and dowager once!. So if you’re looking for a book that discusses and compares the Queens of the period this isn’t it. But this is tremendously researched and written."
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    #3Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England

    Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England

    Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England is a non-fiction book written by the renowned writer of history books, Alison Weir. It chronicles the life of Queen Isabella, who ruled as the queen of England during the 14th century.

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    Lauren Sanders
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I admit that I do not know many of the English queens. I have heard of a few, but I had not heard much about Isabella. This book is among the best medieval nonfiction books I have read. It held my interest through out and that is not easy to do when I am not a fan of the genre."
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    #4Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe

    Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe
    Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe is a non-fiction book written by Nancy Goldstone, first published in 2007 by Viking Books. It recounts the lives of the four daughters of the count of Provence who each became a queen.
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    Raymond Fowler
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is an extremely sloppily written and bad book. It is written in the childish style that some popular historians seem to find it necessary to adopt because they think their audience is too stupid to understand anything else - usually an underestimation of said audience. Moreover, the author has clearly not bothered to do any form of basic research to get her facts right. To take but a few examples: In chapter 7, we are told about Richard of Cornwall's crusade in 1240. He is said to have met Emperor Baldwin II of Constantinople "who had lost his empire" (p74). Actually, the Latin Empire of Constantinople (Baldwin's empire) was around until 1261, which is when he lost it. Three pages later, we are told that "The French, too, had sent an army to retake Jerusalem only the year before," in other words in 1239. Retake from whom? Jerusalem was in Christian hands from 1227 to 1244. She also seems to have no idea of the relative importance of the Kingdom of Sicily within the domains of the Holy Roman Emperor. At this stage, less than a third through the book, I gave up, rather than waste any more time on such rubbish. Zero stars would be a better ratin"
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    #5The Rival Queens

    The Rival Queens
    The Rival Queens is a non-fiction book written by Nancy Goldstone, first published in 2015 by Little, Brown and Company. It tells the story of Catherine de' Medici and her daughter, Marguerite de Valois, as the two compete for the crown.
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    Ken Wu
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "For those who are into the queen and England monarchy, this book is perfect. The Rival Queens is a non-fiction book about a story of two women competing for the crown. The author includes a lot of historical details that make the story more vivid."
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    #6Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II

    Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II
    Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II is a non-fiction novel written by British historian Paul Doherty, first published in 2003. It recounts the events surrounding the death of Edward II and how Isabella of France may be implicated in it.
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    Parakram Rangan
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "As a big fan of books about the medieval queens of England we will find Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II is a great book on the subject. It deals with the events surrounding the death of Edward II and how Isabella of France may be implicated in it."
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    #7Anne Neville (England's Forgotten Queens Series)

    Anne Neville (England's Forgotten Queens Series)

    Anne Neville: Queen to Richard III is a non-fiction book written by Michael Hicks, first published in 2006. It serves a biography of Anne Neville and the challenges she faced under the hand of her husband, Richard III.

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    Raymond Gibson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I'm a huge fan of the medieval period of history. From books to television shows to local Renaissance Fairs. This book did a great job of fufilling my desire for a book about medieval history. I learned a lot of facts I wasn't aware of. The author did a great job of setting everything out in a digestible manner. Two thumbs up for me for this book."
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    #8The Last Medieval Queens

    The Last Medieval Queens

    The Last Medieval Queens is a non-fiction book by J.L. Laynesmith. The book talks about the lives of the four women who ruled England during the medieval ages: Margaret of Anjou, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne Nevill, and Elizabeth of York.

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    Anthony Harper
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "My daughter was the lead in a school play featuring kings and queens. I think it was for some Narnia thing or other crap. Because I don't want her to look back in regret, I always try to get her to be perfect in whatever she does. I bought The Last Medieval Queens for her, so she could have something factual to use to base her acting on, and it worked!"
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    #9The Lioness Roared (Queenship and Power)

    The Lioness Roared (Queenship and Power)
    The Lioness Roared: The Problems of Female Rule in English History is non-fiction book written by C. Beem. First published in 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan, it is part of the Queenship and Power series.
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    Jennifer Newman
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A very solid piece of scholarship that explores how women throughout English history have dealt with the various issues arising from a person of their gender holding the office of monarch. Beem's main argument is that scholarship on 'queenship' should really be a subcategory of that of 'kingship,' because queens regnant were essentially conceived of as female kings. I mostly focused on the chapter on Mary Tudor, where he explores how Mary attempted to portray herself as a naive, obedient woman while behind the scenes she often exerted her authority. Quite fascinating, and I am particularly taken with his phrase 'gender blending,' which he used to describe how Mary mixed common attributes of women (obedience, chastity, etc.) with those of a male monarch (authority, etc.). "
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    #10The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I

    The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I
    The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I is a non-fiction book written by Nancy Goldstone, first published in 2009 by Walker Books. It tells the story of Joanna I of Sicily, who ruled Italy during the medieval ages.
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    Carl Harper
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "One of the best books about medieval queens of England that I have come across has to be the book The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I. I did not really expect this book to hold my interest as I am not that much of a non-fiction fan but this book actually did. I found the information really interesting."
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