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Blanche of Castile, Queen of France

Lindy Grant


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This is the first modern scholarly biography of Blanche of Castile, whose identity has until now been subsumed in that of her son, the saintly Louis IX. A central figure in the politics of medieval Europe, Blanche was a sophisticated patron of religion and culture. Through Lindy Grant’s engaging account, based on a close analysis of Blanche’s household accounts and of the social and religious networks on which her power and agency depended, Blanche is revealed as a vibrant and intellectually questioning personality.

Praise For Blanche of Castile, Queen of France

“[A] rich biography . . . Highly recommended.”—L. W. Marvin, Choice
— L. W. Marvin

“A long-overdue biography of a fascinating woman, but also a valuable contribution to our understanding of medieval queenship, monarchy and power.”—Katherine Harvey, TLS
— Katherine Harvey

Yale University Press, 9780300219265, 456pp.

Publication Date: January 10, 2017

About the Author

Lindy Grant is professor of medieval history, University of Reading, and was previously medieval curator at the Courtauld Institute, London.