Four Sisters, All Queens

Four Sisters, All Queens

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From the award-winning author of the controversial international bestseller The Jewel of Medina, a historical novel that chronicles the lives of four sisters, all daughters of Beatrice of Provence--all of whom became queens in medieval Europe. When Beatrice of Savoy, countess of Provence, sends her four beautiful, accomplished daughters to become queens, she admonishes them: Family comes first. As a result, the daughters--Marguerite, queen of France; Eleanor, queen of England; Sanchia, queen of Germany; and Beatrice, queen of Sicily--work not only to expand their husbands' empires and broker peace between nations, but also to bring the House of Savoy to greater power and influence than before. Their father's death, however, tears the sisters apart, pitting them against one another for the legacy each believes rightfully hers--Provence itself. Told from alternating points of view of all four queens, and set in the tumultuous thirteenth century, this is a tale of greed, lust, ambition, and sibling rivalry on a royal scale, exploring the meaning of true power and bringing to life four of the most celebrated women of their time--each of whom had an impact on the history of Europe.
"This historical novel follows four daughters of Beatrice of Savoy, all of whom became queens in medieval Europe"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, c2012
Edition: 1st Gallery Books trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9781451633245
1451633246
Branch Call Number: Fiction Jon
Characteristics: 434 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm

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VRMurphy
Jul 26, 2012

If you like historical fiction and have some knowledge of the period, this will be an enjoyable history-lite read. If not, you'll likely be confused, especially with the fact that there are multiple characters with the same first name (not the author's fault!). I liked it but it wouldn't be to everyone's taste. Threatened to turn bodice-ripper a couple of times but the author managed to avoid the temptation.

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