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Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe (2016)

by Sarah Gristwood

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"Sixteenth-century Europe saw an explosion of female rule. From Isabella of Castile and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, to Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth Tudor, women wielded enormous power over their territories for more than a hundred years. In the sixteenth century, as in our own, the phenomenon of the powerful woman offered challenges and opportunities. Opportunities, as when in 1529 Margaret of Austria and Louise of Savoy negotiated the "Ladies' peace" of Cambrai. Challenges, as when both Mary Queen of Scots and her kinswoman Elizabeth I came close to being destroyed by sexual scandal. A fascinating group biography of some of the most beloved (and reviled) queens in history, Game of Queens tells the story of the powerful women who drove European history"-- "Sixteenth-century Europe saw an explosion of female rule. Large swathes of the continent were under the firm hand of a dozen reigning women as queens, regents, mothers, wives, or counselors. From Isabella of Castile, her daughter Katherine of Aragon, and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, to Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth Tudor; from England and France to the Netherlands, and across the Holy Roman Empire, these women wielded enormous power over their territories, shaping the course of European history for over a century"--… (more)
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don't even start unless you have a basic understanding of European history in the sixteenth century! If you do, you will find it a fascinating read with insights into the role of women in the period. ( )
  Pat_Gibson | Jun 7, 2019 |
Kind of slow-going, even though the chapters were quite short. Interesting in terms of women's history. ( )
  bookhookgeek | Jun 13, 2018 |
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In the eastern lands where chess was first played, all the human figures were male, with the king flanked by his general of chief counsellor, his vizier. (Preface)
The girl who arrived at the court of the Netherlands in the summer of 1513 was herself a courtier's daughter, bred to know the steps of that dangerous dance -- a life where assets were exchanged for attendance, where favour was won by flattery.
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