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DOWNLOAD · ueens Consort ↠ ➩ ueens Consort Ebook ➯ Author Lisa Hilton – Occupying a uniue position in the mercurial often violent world of medieval state craft England’s medieval ueens were elemental in shaping the history of the monarchy and the nation Lisa Hilton’s Occupying a uniue position in the mercurial ofteResearched new work explores the lives of the women crowned between and She reconsiders the fictions surrounding well known figures like Eleanor of Auitaine illuminates the lives of forgotten ueens such as Adeli. so after waiting 8 weeks to get this from the library I really wanted to enjoy this book Let's face it this book should have been heaven for me I totally geek out on medieval history women studies and religious history It should have been a fabulous read I was very excited to get a different perspective on Eleanor of Auitaine and Isabella of France but I was particularly to read about English ueen consorts I have only read about on the fringes of other histories or biographies Boy was I disappointedThings started off strong and I did enjoy myself through the chapter on Eleanor of Auitaine It was about that time that I began to notice the mistakes The further I read into the book the noticeable they became It was as if the book was rushed to publication and only the first third was edited for content First of all there were several glaring errors in the genealogical charts that even someone unfamiliar with the era would catch a child being born and passing away before his parents were born and some that are downright painful to someone with a good grasp of the historical context I honestly felt that the chapters on Marguerite of France Elizabeth Woodville Anne Neville and Elizabeth of York which had so much potential considering the back drop of the War of the Roses were just throw away chapters The lives of these three ueens overlapped a great deal but I felt like the chapters could have been written better The chapters on Elizabeth Woodville and Anne Neville felt like an extension of the chapter on Marguerite of France I also did not uite understand some of the author's conclusions about concerns raised at the time of Anne Neville's marriage to Richard III as her sister also married into that family with no uproar Maybe there was and the author didn't feel it was relevantThe book started out so promising but by the last few chapters I really just wanted to finish it for the sake of finishing Sad


Occupying a uniue position in the mercurial often violent world of medieval state craft England’s medieval ueens were elemental in shaping the history of the monarchy and the nation Lisa Hilton’s meticulously. In the period between the Norman Conuest and the accession of Mary Tudor in the sixteenth century no woman ruled England as ueen in her own right The role and status of king were constantly in the process of redefinition an ongoing negotiation between royal ecclesiastical and aristocratic powers but they remained throughout essentially constitutional their authority enshrined in and upheld by law No euivalent constitutional role existed for the king's consort Yet between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries English ueenship evolved an identity of its own an identity predicated on but not limited to marriage to the king The story of England's medieval ueens is composed of two entwined narrative strands the first the development of ueenly tradition and practice the second the diverse lives of the very individual women who controlled enlarged and manipulated their customary heritageAs stated in the introduction Lisa Hilton's purpose is to present individual portraits of twenty English ueens from Matilda of Flanders to Elizabeth of York while also examining the changing role of the ueen and the monarchy in general The ueens are divided into individual chapters except for Anne of Bohemia and Isabelle of France who have to share one that vary in length depending on how much information we have about a given ueen and how much she actually did Eleanor of Auitaine and the York princesses obviously get the highest page counts Hilton gives a brief biographical sketch of each ueen and then examines the circumstances surrounding her marriage the political climate of the time and the overreaching effects of that king's rule The changing face of the monarchy from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the Tudor dynasty was interesting especially the details Hilton digs up about the ueen's role in the coronation ceremony and how it changed over the years The main problem with this book however lies in the format with only twenty to thirty pages being spent on each ueen there isn't nearly enough time to fully explore who these women were much less understand the complex political climate of their time After a few chapters the ueens start to sort of blend together with no one really distinguishing herself from the pack It doesn't help that we have three ueens in rapid succession named Matilda and later on there are at least three Elizabeths running around during the Wars of the Roses and Hilton will often refer to them by just their first name so I have no idea if she's talking about Elizabeth Woodville Elizabeth York or Elizabeth Woodville's daughter Elizabeth seriously though can all of the Wars of the Roses scholars hold a symposium and decide on some universal nicknames for all the Elizabeths Margarets Edwards Henrys and Richards that keep popping up in this period Another factor that makes the ueens hard to distinguish is that Hilton for all her enthusiasm cannot escape the fact that the majority of these women didn't do much of anything Complicated marriage negotiations mild warfare that she wasn't involved in unhappy marriage lots of stillborn babies death that summarizes the life story of about two thirds of the ueens featured in this book In her concluding lines for each chapter you can often see Hilton grasping at straws to make her subject seem interesting like Berengaria of Navarre whose chapter ends The glory of the Third Crusade is Richard's but it is worth recalling that had it not been for his last minute wedding to Berengaria it might not have happened at all or just throwing up her ha

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ueens ConsortZa 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   . free review copy from publisher via NetGalley At first glance this looked similar to Helen Castor’s “She Wolves” But Castor focuses on the misogyny of the times the individual powerful women who took control of their own destinies in spite of it and what that meant for their reputations whereas ‘ueens Consort’ is about the role of ueenship both domestic and political how each consort defined those roles and how it evolved Castor also talked about Mary I and the lead up to her ascent after her brother Edward VI died when for the first time all the contenders for the throne were female Hilton does not discuss female regnants only the role of ueen consort There is some overlap in the factual biographies but the thesis and assessment are approached differently and Hilton studies several ueen consorts than Castor And for this reason I was glad to see Hilton actually covered each and every consort from Matilda of Flanders to Elizabeth of York whether they are well known or not; you can’t explore the role of ueenship by picking and choosing certain ueens The conclusion sums everything up by analyzing how Beowulf and Thomas Malroy’s Le Morte d'Arthur portray and thus how the different time periods they were written in perceived ueenshipIt’s very well written and it feels comprehensive despite fitting so many historical figures into one book so I expect this will make an excellent reference bookAs an ebook however there were still some lingering OCR errors which will hopefully be resolved in time