Game of Queens (Paperback)

The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe

By Sarah Gristwood

Basic Books, 9781541697225, 400pp.

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (11/29/2016)

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"Sarah Gristwood has written a masterpiece that effortlessly and enthrallingly interweaves the amazing stories of women who ruled in Europe during the Renaissance period."--Alison Weir

Sixteenth-century Europe saw an explosion of female rule. From Isabella of Castile, and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, to Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth Tudor, these women wielded enormous power over their territories, shaping the course of European history for over a century. Across boundaries and generations, these royal women were mothers and daughters, mentors and protégées, allies and enemies. For the first time, Europe saw a sisterhood of queens who would not be equaled until modern times.
A fascinating group biography and a thrilling political epic, Game of Queens explores the lives of some of the most beloved (and reviled) queens in history.

About the Author

Sarah Gristwood is a regular contributor to many London publications as well as a commentator on royal and historical affairs. The author of several previous books, including Blood Sisters, Gristwood splits her time between London and Kent, United Kingdom.

Praise For Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe

"Densely packed with fascinating material, this immensely ambitious undertaking succeeds triumphantly."
Literary Review (UK)

fascinating work of world and women's history."—Booklist

fresh take on a well-documented period and the achievements, failures, and
relationships of some of Europe's most powerful players is intriguing,
cohesive, and accessible."—Publishers Weekly

of Queens
] casts a well-researched time period in an intriguing
light.... Readers of popular history, especially of Tudor England, and of
women's history will find much to enjoy."—Library Journal

"Sarah Gristwood handles
multiple narrative strands with tremendous finesse, dexterously synthesizing
the stories of women who, in many cases, never met but whose lives intertwined
in manifold ways."—Literary Review (UK)

of Queens
a magnificent exploration of a most remarkable group--the women who ruled
sixteenth century Europe. Sarah Gristwood gives us impeccable research,
incisive attention to detail, and exquisite writing as she investigates these
truly fascinating women and their lives of courage, tribulation, and
determination. Absolutely unputdownable."—Kate Williams, author of England's Mistress

"Sarah Gristwood's study of the brilliant, beleaguered,
and often bloody difficult women who kept Europe going in the sixteenth century
is compelling, clear-eyed, beautifully rendered, and never-more-timely."—Jessie Childs, author of God's Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England

her elegant and engaging style, she combines incisive detail with over-arching
and eye-opening themes of queenship and the role of women in a male-dominated
world. This book is a wonderful, timely contribution to our understanding of
the period, and a pacy and illuminating good read."—Alison Weir, author of The Lost Tudor Princess