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The Outrageous Queens
The Outrageous Queens
Author: Marc Alexander
ISBN-13: 9780584970548
ISBN-10: 0584970544
Publication Date: 6/27/1977
Pages: 232
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Publisher: Frederick Muller Ltd
Book Type: Hardcover
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These are short stories of queens who made a difference. With some, like Boudicca, she led her Briton people in the war against the Romans. Others, like Eleanor of Provence, tried to bankrupt the British treasury with her lavish spending and nepotism. Isabella of France became the "She-Wolf of France" by overthrowing her husband (Edward II) to put her son on the throne.

But undoubtedly the most fascinating queen was Eleanor of Aquitaine who married a French king, divorced him, and married an 18-year-old English king. They had seven children, including future kings, Richard the Lionheart, and John. In the past, I'd always heard the history through the men's perspective (battles and lands acquired). The author's telling of history from the female slant is surprisingly different. This is a very readable history of some famous and infamous women.
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