Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Battle of the Queens (Plantagenet Saga, #5)” as Want to Read:
The Battle of the Queens (Plantagenet Saga, #5)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Preview

The Battle of the Queens (Plantagenet Saga #5)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  369 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The first half of the thirteenth century is dominated by two women, as proud and ambitious as they were beautiful, yet different in all other qualities.





Isabella, flamboyant and passionate, a medieval Helen of Troy - wife to King John and mother to Henry III...





Blanche of Castile, serene and virtuous Queen of France, wife of Louis VIII and mother of Louis IX...





The two women
...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 7th 2008 by Arrow (first published 1978)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Battle of the Queens, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Battle of the Queens

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,027)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Alaine
'The first half of the thirteenth century is dominated by two women, as proud and ambitious as they are beautiful, yet different in all other ways. Isabella, flamboyant and passionate, a medieval Helen of Troy - wife to King John and mother to Henry III. Blanche of Castile, serene and virtuous Queen of France, wife of Louis VIII and mother of Loius IX. The two women hated each other on sight. Isabelle would stop at nothing, not even murder, in her passion to destroy the French Queen.

In this seri
...more
Pepca
In The Battle of the Queens Plaidy offers yet another great insight into the turning of the wheels of that era, the eternal struggle between England and France, with the Church as an ever-present puppet master.

The two protagonists in the title, whom the book centres on, are Isabella, mother of Henry III of England, and Blanche, mother of Luis IX of France. The two women who despised each other, couldn't be more different: Isabella hot-tempered, promiscuous, self-centred and Blanche pious, level-
...more
Denise
The fifth book in the Plantagenet Saga concentrates on the titular behind-the-scenes battle between English queen Isabella of Angoulême, mother of young king Henry III, and Blanche of Castile, Queen of France. Through the stories of these two strong but very different women who hated each other from their very first meeting and the stories of those surrounding them, Jean Plaidy once again skillfully brings a piece of history alive. Another compulsively readable novel from this great author which ...more
Tania
Queen Isabella of England, wife of King John nd mother of King Henry III, and Queen Blanche of France, wife of King Louis and mother of King Louis, were as different as two women could be. Isabella cared only for herself and craved power, which always just alluded her, while Blanche cared deeply for her husband and children and treated the power she was given with respect.

When both countries lose their Kings and find themselves with young rulers, we see the Queen Mothers in very powerful positio
...more
Stephanie
Well this was a bit of a disappointment.

I have read many positive reviews about Ms. Plaidy so I was looking forward to open this first book of hers that I read. I am not gonna lie - it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. The title and description sound like it would be fantastic, the Queens/Dowager Queens of England and France fighting their own personal war between each other. About 90% of the novel didn't actually include the two characters but instead focused on their husbands/children and o
...more
Zorana
Prava ocena ove knjige bi bila 2.5, ali ja volim da dam vecu ocenu, s obzirom da sam ocekivala, s obzirom na naslov, da ce vise paznje biti posveceno Blansi i Izabeli.
Alison
It took me the most time to get throug this 5th in the series. It wasn't a bad book at all but with all of the same name characters I really had to pay special attention and reread a few parts to keep them all straight. Thank you Ms. Plaidy for the family trees in the beginning of the book! On to book 6!
Georgie
Sep 05, 2014 Georgie marked it as did-not-finish
I'm finding this book hard going at times. But, I have read so much already, that I have to continue to see what happens. It's not as gripping as some other books of similar nature, such as Alison Weir's novels.
Sara W
Isabella of Angeloume (widow of John I, mother of Henry III) and Blanche of Castile (mother of Louis IX of France)
Barbara
Not one of her best, but still a good read.
Jen Miller
Not one of her better novels.
Nicole
Nicole added it
Apr 20, 2015
Jane
Jane marked it as to-read
Apr 16, 2015
Caitlin
Caitlin marked it as to-read
Apr 15, 2015
Sumit
Sumit marked it as to-read
Apr 09, 2015
Lauren
Lauren marked it as to-read
Apr 06, 2015
Rachael Gardner
Rachael Gardner marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2015
Anna
Anna marked it as to-read
Apr 05, 2015
Christine Whybra
Christine Whybra marked it as to-read
Apr 04, 2015
Samantha
Samantha marked it as to-read
Apr 01, 2015
Pat
Pat added it
Apr 01, 2015
Sharil
Sharil marked it as to-read
Apr 01, 2015
Peggy Talley
Peggy Talley marked it as to-read
Mar 29, 2015
Jim Wallace
Jim Wallace marked it as to-read
Mar 22, 2015
Sara Rebecca
Sara Rebecca marked it as to-read
Mar 18, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 34 35 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Eleanor the Queen
  • The Passionate Brood
  • My Enemy, the Queen
  • Harlot Queen
  • The Miracle at St. Bruno's (Daughters of England, #1)
  • The Court of the Midnight King
  • Queen of Shadows: A Novel of Isabella, Wife of King Edward II
  • The Falcons Of Montabard
  • The Perfect Royal Mistress
  • Immortal Queen: A Novel Of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • The Forbidden Queen
  • The Rose of York: Crown of Destiny (The Rose of York Trilogy, #2)
  • The Queen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of Anjou
6590
Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt (56 million) and Philippa Carr (3 million). ...more
More about Jean Plaidy...

Other Books in the Series

Plantagenet Saga (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Plantagenet Prelude (Plantagenet Saga, #1)
  • The Revolt of the Eaglets (Plantagenet Saga, #2)
  • The Heart of the Lion (Plantagenet Saga, #3)
  • The Prince of Darkness (Plantagenet Saga, #4)
  • The Queen from Provence (Plantagenet Saga, #6)
  • Hammer of the Scots (Plantagenet Saga, #7)
  • The Follies of the King (Plantagenet Saga, #8)
  • The Vow on the Heron (Plantagenet Saga, #9)
  • Passage to Pontefract (Plantagenet Saga, #10)
  • The Star of Lancaster (Plantagenet Saga, #11)
The Lady in the Tower (Queens of England, #4) Murder Most Royal (Tudor Saga, #5) Katharine of Aragon: The Wives of Henry VIII (Tudor Saga, #2-4) The Rose Without a Thorn (Queens of England, #11) To Hold the Crown (Tudor Saga #1)

Share This Book