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Four queens : the Provençal sisters who ruled Europe

Set against the backdrop of the turbulent thirteenth century, a time of chivalry and crusades, poetry and knights, comes the story of the four daughters of the count of Provence whose brilliant marriages made them the queens of France, England, Germany, and Sicily. From a cultured childhood in Provence, each sister was propelled into a world marked by shifting alliances, intrigue, and subterfuge. Marguerite, the eldest, whose resolution and spirit would be tested by the cold splendor of the Palais du Roi in Paris; Eleanor, whose soaring political aspirations would provoke her kingdom to civil war; Sanchia, the neglected wife of the richest man in England who bought himself the crown of Germany; and Beatrice, whose desire for sovereignty led her to risk her life to earn her place at the royal table. This book shatters the myth that women were helpless pawns in a society that celebrated physical prowess and masculine intellect.--From publisher description
Print Book, English, 2007
Viking, New York, 2007
xiii, 336 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
9780670038435, 0670038431
The land of song
The white queen
A royal wedding
Royal rivals
Queen Eleanor
Family affairs
Ambition and obedience
A war and a wedding
An unlikely inheritance
A vow
The crusade of Louis IX
The queen's gamble
A royal windfall
The return of the queen
A royal reception
Queen of the Romans
Royal sibling rivalry
Prelude to war
A queen in crisis
Four queens
The last crusade
A note on medieval money