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Queens of England by Norah Lofts
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Queens of England (original 1977; edition 1977)

by Norah Lofts

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Discusses the personal and public lives of women who have been English queens, from Boadicea in the first century to the present Queen Elizabeth II.
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Title:Queens of England
Authors:Norah Lofts
Info:Doubleday (1977), Edition: 1st ed. in the United States of America, Hardcover, 192 pages
Collections:Uncollected, Your library
Rating:****
Tags:history, England, Europe, 11th century, 12th century, 13th century, 14th century, 15th century, 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century

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I read this so many years ago that I can't even remember it but I think I'd like to read it again.
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
While I love love love reading about the queens of England, esp. since they often get overlooked, the author is pretty judgy. She says there's nothing remarkable about Queen Anne (not true) and that some queens were bad mothers (uh, yeah, it was the style at the time to give your child to a wet nurse and ignore it). But it was written in the 70s, so what are you gonna do? ( )
  AmberTheHuman | Aug 30, 2013 |
This book offers short biographies, no more than 5 pages for the most part, of the distaff side of the throne, plus those women who actually ruled. The book is well researched, but by nature lacks depth. ( )
  lucybrown | Jul 22, 2011 |
Queens of England by Norah Lofts is a comprehensive overview of every Queen of England beginning with the wife of William the Conqueror and going through Queen Elizabeth II. It was a remarkably easy read, considering it comprises about 900 years of English royal history. It was also a very engaging read, I learned about many queens I had never heard of, the wives of many kings I had never heard of.

The book definitely had an agenda. While it didn’t ruin the book for me, it definitely dampened my enthusiasm for the the work a little. When I noticed the chapters on each queen start to get much longer shortly before the reign of Queen Victoria (as many pages on Caroline of Brunswick as Elizabeth Tudor? And as many on Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz as Mary Tudor? Really?), I thought that I detected a 19th and 20th century bias. By the time I reached Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth II, I realized that a ‘recent history bias’ wasn’t quite what the issue was. The book actually seems to have been written as an apologetic for the modern institution of the monarchy, to establish the long history of English royalty and in doing so argue for its continuation in the person of Queen Elizabeth II.

However, even with this problem, and a few others, Queens of England is a book I would recommend to anyone with an interest in royalty, the history of England, or just of the lives of women throughout history.

For the whole review: http://devourerofbooks.wordpress.com/2008/03/14/queens-of-england-book-review/ ( )
  DevourerOfBooks | Mar 18, 2008 |
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