Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots

⇚ The Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots ⦝ Book By Nancy Goldstone ⧧ Goldstone s forthright and often witty asides keep this complicated story bowling along at a terrific paceLively and well researched, Daughters of the Winter Queen offers a timely introduction to a turbulent period in Britain s past relations with Europe Miranda Seymour, New York Times Book Review Goldstone is a master juggler She tells a good story, always with a delightfully light touch In the process, extraordinary women are given the attention they deserve Gerard DeGroot, The Times of London Goldstone is a thrilling narrator of this complicated history Yet the achievement of a work like this is not merely its command of a vast and dense web of the past, but also its incredible literary merit Daughters of the Winter Queen is nothing short of page turning, an exceptional work of scholarship that reads like a favorite novel filled with political intrigue, romantic scandal, and than one dark of night escape East Hampton Star A fascinating feminist story The Coil This rich and complex story of a seventeenth century queen who lost her throne, and her four defiant daughters, is compulsively readable Combining rigorous research with a vivid writing style, Nancy Goldstone illuminates the women who have often been left in the shadows of history, and reminds us that fascination with royalty is nothing new Charlotte Gray, author of Reluctant Genius Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention and Gold Diggers Striking It Rich in the Klondike Goldstone The Rival Queens once again places a much deserved spotlight on remarkable women from European historyA compulsively readable account of an otherwise unfamiliar royal family Goldstone writes with knowledge, humor, and ease a masterly storyteller who steers clear of overly academic language Ideal for amateur Tudor historians who wish to be introduced to a lesser known yet equally fascinating royal family Library Journal starred review Goldstone relates the eminently readable tale of Elizabeth Stuart, dubbed the Winter Queen, and her four lovely, talented daughtersThe story of these five women, each remarkable for individual reasons and in her own right, both illuminates and is offset by Goldstone s vividly rendered European backdrop Booklist Though the narrative could have devolved into a complicated mass of intertwined royal families, Goldstone, a seasoned historian, effectively keeps the lines clear as she relates Elizabeth s repeated, frustrated attempts to secure strong marriages for her children under trying circumstances Her children s stories are fascinating, as wellA great book for history fans seeking illumination on the connections of European royalty Kirkus A lively, well researched group biographyGoldstone presents a captivating story with empathy and humor in a relaxed, entertaining, modern voice Publishers WeeklyThe captivating story of four unforgettable sisters and their glamorous mother, Elizabeth Stuart, granddaughter of Mary, Queen of ScotsYoung Elizabeth Stuart was thrust into a life of wealth and splendor when her godmother, Queen Elizabeth I, died and her father, James I, ascended to the illustrious throne of England At sixteen she was married to a dashing German count far below her rank, with the understanding that James would help her husband achieve the crown of Bohemia Her father s terrible betrayal of this promise would ruin the Winter Queen, as Elizabeth would forever be known, imperil the lives of those she loved, and launch a war that would last for thirty years.Forced into exile, the Winter Queen and her growing family found refuge in Holland, where the glorious art and culture of the Dutch Golden Age formed the backdrop to her daughters education The eldest, Princess Elizabeth, was renowned as a scholar when women were all but excluded from serious study and counted the preeminent philosopher Ren Descartes among her closest friends Louise Hollandine, whose lively manner and appealing looks would provoke heartache and scandal, was a gifted painter Shy, gentle Henrietta Maria, the beauty of the family, would achieve the dynastic ambition of marrying into royalty, although at great cost But it would be the youngest, Sophia, a heroine in the tradition of Jane Austen, whose ready wit and good natured common sense masked immense strength of character, who would fulfill the promise of her great grandmother, a legacy that endures to this day.Brilliantly researched and captivatingly written, Nancy Goldstone shows how these spirited, passionate women faced danger, tragic loss, and betrayal, and by refusing to surrender to adversity, changed the course of history. 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