I could not put this down. And- truth be told, this is the book I ran to when I had any moment to spare. Incredibly detailed, with not only the history, I was completely sucked in by the lives of these four sisters.
Initially raised as ‘boys’ as their mother would call them; Marguerite, Eleonore, Sanchia and Beatrice lived lives that would forever cross. What I particularly loved about this book was the way the author held my interest and curiosity about the history by leading me through the intricacies of the women’s private lives, perspectives, motives and relationships. What overwhelming lives they led!
Marguerite, the eldest sister, bore the reaps of her fanatically religious husband, Louis IX (and his horrible mother Queen Blanche!). Eleonore, whose strong mind and willful ways helped pull the reigns along with her husband, Henry III of England. (It was in part due to her that finally France and England ever found peace.). Sweet Sanchia who vowed her life to Jesus but was forced to marry Richard of Cornwall (what a horrible monster he was!). And finally, the young Beatrice, (who in my mind stood out as part Viking;) - I loved her! She went on to marry Charles of Anjou and seemingly had the best loving relationship of them all. Yet, no matter how different, each sister, in her own way proved determination and strength unique to her own circumstances.
Oh the troubles in these lives! We’re not only talking constant wars, Crusades and snatching of lands- these sisters lived turbulent marriages with consequences that meshed into each others’ lives. Where was the promise they made to their mother that family comes first? Well, although it may not have seemed that way at times; the underlying result was that deep down they never really stopped caring...
Four Sisters, All Queens is a fantastic novel that flows with impeccable history. I highly recommend this book. Not only will you enjoy learning so much about this period in time, but if you’re like me, there’s nothing better than reading about glorious women in history. This book has it all- you won't be disappointed.
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