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Four Queens by Nancy Goldstone
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Historical narrative which tells the story of the four daughters of the count of Provence who eventually become the queens of France, Germany, England, and Sicily during the 13th century. Three of these sisters Marguerite, wife of Louis IX of France, Eleanor, wife of Henry III of England, and Beatrice, wife of Charles of Anjou, king of Sicily were strong-minded and politically savvy women who held as much, sometimes, more, power than their husbands. The third sister, Sanchia, wife of Richard of Cornwall, king of Germany, did not possess the ambition of her three sisters. Their stories reveal that medieval women of the aristocracy were not meek and helpless females, but rather had an intelligent understanding of political games, and, in some cases, were better at it than their husbands.

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