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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 res I picked up ueens Consort because it looked like it d be useful to me in understanding the portrayal of ueens in literature in the medieval period It turned out to be interesting in general covering the lives of ueens who are little remembered now as well as the notorious ones and trying to portray them fairly rather than as their detractors would have liked them to be remembered or similarly with reference to their flaws as well as the propaganda intended to make them into heroines Lisa Hilton is after a balanced and truthful portrayal It s a good survey of how the role of ueen consort developedI also found her references to the literature mostly in the conclusion to the book and to concepts I ve encountered only in literature until now the idea of a ueen as a peaceweaver which I knew of through Beowulf obviously the idea of a diplomatic marriage to make peace was familiar to me but Lisa Hilton seemed to draw her idea of the role directly from the Anglo Saxon ideas of the role of womenueens very interesting the conclusion discusses Malory s portrayal of Guinevere which undoubtedly reflected how he saw ueenship at the time and perhaps impacted future ueensThere are a few points where it could have been better edited and it can be uite dry if you want something exciting I d go for a book that covers the notorious ueens like Helen Castor s She Wolves which I m about to read

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Earched 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 Auitaine illuminates the lives of forgotten ueens such as It s a tribute to my stubbornness that I finished this book I took a break of six months and almost didn t bother picking it up again I managed to crawl through it finally by reading three other books at the same timeWhat can I say I don t even know where to begin I ve read books where I didn t agree with the author s premiss and whilst this is certainly one of those that doesn t even begin to describe the issues I have with it Let s start with the errors I lost count of the number of errors Literally And there was no way I was going back through for a recount So this fails as a reference book because it is unreliable Then there s clarity If you introduce a truckload of Elizabeths and Matildas it doesn t seem unreasonable to expect you to be clear as to which one you mean when you bring in a point concerning one of them Which brings me to editing was there any Really I think not And what s with the unprofessional biasNow to the final premiss itself I have to say that at no time whilst reading Beowulf and Le Morte d Arthur did I ever think to myself well Nuala isn t this the perfect metaphor for the decline of medi val ueenship in England between 1066 and 1503 Where did that come from Ms Hilton The best I can say of this is that it s unproven by this bookI cannot recommend this although it is a weighty tome so maybe as a doorstop

Lisa Hilton ô 5 Summary

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   I m back on the history reading kick and picked this book up at BN while visiting my son in Connecticut This is really my kind of book I loved all 482 pages and would have gladly read But don t pick this one up if you are looking for wild interpretation or speculation This book is serious history and Ms Hilton uses lots of primary and secondary sources for her profiles If you want romantic stories made up dialog or other flights of fancy you won t find it here The author gives us her profiles based on what is found in charters comtemporary writingsand other official documents that speak about these remarkable womenI ve read some about almost all of these ueens and uite a bit about some but I always learn something With this book I learned a lot and enjoyed every minute of it The most fascinating to me are the ueens who immediately followed Mathilda of Flanders William the Conueror s ueen I ve read about her in other works including her famous statement that she would never marry a bastard upon hearing of William s suit for her hand But I knew very little about the next three ueens who followed Of the next 15 ueens profiled in 10 cases I d read about them either individually or in context of their husbands but again there is always something to learn and Ms Hilton didn t disappoint If you love real history and the early ueens of England you will love this book If you are looking for a romantic story about a prince wooing a beautiful princess keep looking


10 thoughts on “ueens Consort

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    I'm trying to clear out some bookshelves and the space beside my bed by getting rid of reading books that I've had for years This is one that I picked up for some fun reading yes biographies of medieval ueens counts in my world as light readingThis book starts with Matilda of Flanders wife of William the Conueror and ends with Eliz

  3. says:

    I picked up ueens Consort because it looked like it'd be useful to me in understanding the portrayal of ueens in literature in the medieval period It turned out to be interesting in general covering the lives of ueens who are little remembered now as well as the notorious ones and trying to portray them fairly rather than as their detractors

  4. says:

    Personally I found ueens Consort England’s Medieval ueens to be a work of see sawing uality that landed on the negative side of the things Lisa Hilton has given herself a thankless task in trying to condense the lives o

  5. says:

    It's a tribute to my stubbornness that I finished this book I took a break of six months and almost didn't bother picking it up again I managed to crawl through it finally by reading three other books at the same timeWhat can I say I don't even know where to begin I've read books where I didn't agree with the author's premiss and whilst this is certainly one of those that doesn't even begin to describe the issues I have with it

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    This is an excellent book if anyone wants to learn of the medieval ueens of England The books excels in many parts and I learned a lot from it about the Anarchy period and the civil war between Matilda and Stephe

  8. says:

    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 t

  9. says:

    I'm back on the history reading kick and picked this book up at BN while visiting my son in Connecticut This is really my kind of book I loved all 482 pages and would have gladly read But don't pick this one up if you are looking for wild interpretation or speculation This book is serious history and Ms Hilton uses lots of primary and secondary sources for her profiles If you want romantic stories made up dialog or other flights of fancy yo

  10. says:

    Games of Thrones has a great deal to answer for And I'm not just saying that because I love both the TV and book series and the gener