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Full of passion and betrayal, murder and war, the first volume of an epic new series from bestselling historian Alison Weir, bringing five of England's medieval queens to life.

Full of passion and betrayal, murder and war, the first volume of an epic new series from bestselling historian Alison Weir, bringing five of England's medieval queens to life.
A Daily Telegraph Book of the Year

Love, murder, war, betrayal

This is the story of the five extraordinary queens who helped the Norman kings of England rule their dominions. Recognised as equal sharers in the royal authority, their story is packed with tragedy, high drama, even comedy.

Heroines, villains, stateswomen, lovers
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, whoc claimed to be queen of England in her own right and fought a bitter war to the end, the five Norman queens are revealed as hugely influential figures and fascinating characters.

In Alison Weir's hands, these pioneering women reclaim their rightful roles at the centre of English history.

Reviews

Brings England's Norman queens out of the shadows and dazzlingly to life. Drawing on a wealth of fascinating contemporary sources, Alison Weir presents the drama, passion and intrigue of these extraordinary women's lives and restores them to their rightful place in history. A masterpiece.

Tracy Borman

Another polished, fascinating gem from Weir herself, the queen of history writing.

John Lewis-Stempel, Sunday Express

Alison Weir's hugely popular history books are as gripping as novels

The Times

Weir provides immense satisfaction. She writes in a pacy, vivid style, engaging the heart as well as the mind

Amanda Foreman

One of our greatest popular historians

Daily Mail

[A] riveting history of the century following the Norman Conquest

Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday

Alison Weir is one of our best popular historians and one, moreover, with an impressive scholarly pedigree

Independent

Alison Weir has the rare gift of being able to bring history vividly to life

Choice

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784701864

    October 1, 2018

    Vintage

    496 pages

    RRP $30.00

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