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April 2019: History > Capetian Women ed. Kathleen Nolan 4 stars

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Mindy aka serenity | 115 comments This book is a series of essays by historians who specialize in royal women of the Capetian dynasty in France (~1100s-1300s). Each author focuses on a particular queen, countess, or other royal relation to the French crown. I was particularly interested in learning about the queens of Phillip II, Isabella and Ingeborg. Philip was apparently very unpredictable with his wives- Isabella he almost divorced but she took to the streets and gained public support by praying at every Paris church as a mendicant. Ingeborg was banished from Philip's sight almost immediately after the wedding, and Philip declared their marriage void, taking another wife while Ingeborg was still living. The poor queen spent most of her life trying to re-legitimize her queenship. This book is full of fascinating stories like those, and demonstrates how these royal women gained (or lost) power, how they wielded it, and how they influenced their husbands and sons in order to retain it. A great book for fans of medieval history.

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Joanne (joabroda1) | 7112 comments Sounds right for me! Thanks for sharing

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