Read Queens of the Conquest: England’s Medieval Queens Online Free - The story of England’s medieval queens is vivid and stirring, packed with tragedy, high drama and even comedy. It is a chronicle of love, murder, war and betrayal, filled with passion, intrigue and sorrow, peopled by a cast of heroines, villains, stateswomen and lovers. In the first volume of this epic new series, Alison Weir strips away centuries of romantic mythology and prejudice to reveal the lives of England’s queens in the century after the Norman Conquest.
Beginning with Matilda of Flanders, who supported William the Conqueror in his invasion of England in 1066, and culminating in the turbulent life of the Empress Maud, who claimed to be queen of England in her own right and fought a bitter war to that end, the five Norman queens emerge as hugely influential figures and fascinating characters.
Much more than a series of individual biographies, Queens of the Conquest is a seamless tale of interconnected lives and a rich portrait of English history in a time of flux. In Alison Weir’s hands these five extraordinary women reclaim their rightful roles at the centre of English history.
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September 21, 2017
Although I am an avid History reader, I always approach any Non-Fiction History books with caution, since we all know that no Historian (either professional or amateur) can be wholly objective, especially when it comes to biographies. Now, I can't claim to be much familiar with Alison Weir's work...
December 03, 2017
I love how well-referenced and multilayered was the review of all the facts and myths, however fragmented by time. While it goes with the territory that the historian in question has to make certain assumptions, Weir never went out of hand with her deductions and tried to keep rooted in fact rath...
September 21, 2017
While meticulously researched, this book suffered from a lack of focus. Ostensibly it aimed to reveal the lives of the five Norman Queens, but the dearth of direct extant evidence means that it was more generalised history than truly revelatory biography. We see something of the women, b...
August 15, 2017
In "Queens of the Conquest," Alison Weir chronicles the tumultuous lives of five medieval queens historians have mostly ignored. Her meticulously researched book begins in 1066 with Matilda of Flanders, the wife of William the Conqueror, and ends in 1154 with Empress Maud, an “intrepid spirit” wh...
October 01, 2017
A great thank you to Ms. Alison Weir, Ballantine Books, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
I'm ecstatic about Weir's new Queen series with the first two novels released: Katharine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. So when I heard of a new nonfiction release b...
September 24, 2017
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I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
Buckle in children. This is going to be a long review. I'm half tempted to get my APA ass out and do sections since my outline for this is just about three pages long, and that's not in...
August 31, 2017
Being a massive Tudors geek, I’ve read and enjoyed lots of Alison Weir’s work before so I was really happy when I was offered this book to review. I love to read a good history and I was especially interested in this for its focus on the women rather than the men of the conquest (we have enough b...
August 24, 2017
I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley. Many thanks to Netgalley and Random House Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. Let it be know that the opinions expressed down below are my own and were not influenced by being given this boo...
September 12, 2017
Schemers and dreamers; sinners and saints - the five queens depicted in this new biography by prolific writer, Alison Weir, could lay claim to each of those descriptors and many more. In this ambitious work, Weir probes the lives of the women who helped lay the foundations of England as we know i...
November 17, 2017
This was dense and a little dry in certain parts (Maud’s chapter dragged a bit for me). But it was detailed, comprehensive, and illuminating, so in the end I really enjoyed it. Alison Weir did a good job of making medieval history and customs accessible to a modern audience without sacrificing ac...