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Princess Nest of Wales: Seductress of the English
The daughter of one king and the lover of another; matriarch of a powerful dynasty and the cause of conflict and war: Nest, princess of Dyfed, became a legend. This biography reveals Nest's role in one of the most exciting and dynamic periods of Welsh, Irish and English history.
Paperback, 191 pages
Published April 15th 2007 by History Press Ltd
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The title of this book is misleading -- Nest was neither a princess nor, in all likelihood, a seductress. The blurb makes her sound very powerful and intriguing, but little is known about her. Still, in the way she negotiated the transition between the Welsh world of her birth and the Cambro-Norman world she was married into is interesting in itself, and she can't be dismissed in herself either: she was, after all, the mistress of Henry I, bore him a son, and has been referred to as the 'Helen o ...more
When you read the title, you think, "awesome, a book about a medieval woman! Maybe I can learn something new!" Instead, there is hardly anything known about Nest, what her life was like and what she herself was like. Instead, we see her from the lives of the men around her, which, while they are interesting, is not why I picked the book. I chose the book because of two reasons. 1) It is set in Wales, and they have such obscure history and fascinating history as well. 2) Royalty in Wales is not w ...more
There's a lot of guesswork in this because little is known other than a few spectacular highlights of Nest's life. But the author paints in the picture with what is known about the era, and it's an interesting read.