The Lady Queen
The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily
Publication Date: November 2009
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As courageous as Eleanor of Aquitaine, as astute and determined as Elizabeth I of England, Joanna was the only female monarch in her time to rule in her own name. She was notorious: the taint of her husband's death never quite left her. But she was also widely admired: dedicated to the welfare of her subjects and realm, she reduced crime, built hospitals and churches, and encouraged the licensing of women physicians. While a procession of the most important artists and writers of her day found patronage at her glittering court, the turmoil of her times swirled around her: war, plague, intrigue, and the treachery that would ultimately bring her down.
As she did in her acclaimed "Four Queens," Nancy Goldstone takes us back to the turbulent and colorful Middle Ages, and with skill and passion brings fully to life one of history's most remarkable women. Her research is impeccable, her eye for detail unerring, and in "The Lady Queen" she paints a captivating portrait of medieval royalty in all its incandescent complexity.
Larry J. Bailey attended Ball State University and taught high school industrial arts prior to completing the Doctor of Education degree in Vocational Education at the University of Illinois. Before joining Southern Illinois University in 1969, he held faculty research appointments at the University of Illinois and at the University of Iowa. The author of seven books and more than 100 other book chapters, articles, papers, and reports, Dr. Bailey also served as a member of the National Advisory Council on Career Education and the Advisory Council on Adult, Vocational, and Technical Education, State of Illinois. Dr. Bailey retired from his professorship at SIU in 2004, but continues to work part-time on the development of instructional materials for distance learning and other special projects for the Department of Workforce Education and Development.