Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of Edward I (Hardback)
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Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of Edward I (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages
Published: 21/03/2019
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'A stunning and intricately researched portrayal of five extraordinary women whose stories have until now remained in the shadows. The author shatters many of the myths surrounding the lives of medieval princesses and brings them to life in all their startling modernity.' Tracy Borman, author of The Private Lives of the Tudors and Thomas Cromwell

Virginal, chaste, humble, patiently waiting for rescue by brave knights and handsome princes: this idealized - and largely mythical - notion of the medieval noblewoman still lingers. Yet the reality was very different, as Kelcey Wilson-Lee shows in this vibrant account of the five daughters of the great English king, Edward I.

The lives of these sisters - Eleanora, Joanna, Margaret, Mary and Elizabeth - ran the full gamut of experiences open to royal women in the Middle Ages. Living as they did in a courtly culture founded on romantic longing and brilliant pageantry, they knew that a princess was to be chaste yet a mother to many children, preferably sons, meek yet able to influence a recalcitrant husband or even command a host of men-at-arms. Edward's daughters were of course expected to cement alliances and secure lands and territory by making great dynastic marriages, or endow religious houses with royal favour. But they also skilfully managed enormous households, navigated choppy diplomatic waters and promoted their family's cause throughout Europe - and had the courage to defy their royal father. They might never wear the crown in their own right, but they were utterly confident of their crucial role in the spectacle of medieval kingship.

Drawing on a wide range of contemporary sources, Daughters of Chivalry offers a rich portrait of these spirited Plantagenet women. With their libraries of beautifully illustrated psalters and tales of romance, their rich silks and gleaming jewels, we follow these formidable women throughout their lives and see them - at long last - shine from out of the shadows, revealing what it was to be a princess in the Age of Chivalry.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509847891
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 673 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 39 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A much needed book - the first for over a century to turn the spotlight on the daughters of Eleanor of Castile and Edward I. Kelcey Wilson-Lee does a wonderful job of bringing these young women, whose lives have to be reconstructed largely from the small print of the account books, to vibrant life. What is even better, she manages to uncover their very different personalities - right down to their taste in clothes! The royal family of the late thirteenth century truly comes alive in her hands. - Sara Cockerill, author of Eleanor of Castile

A stunning and intricately researched portrayal of five extraordinary women whose stories have until now remained in the shadows. The author shatters many of the myths surrounding the lives of medieval princesses and brings them to life in all their startling modernity. - Tracy Borman, author of The Private Lives of the Tudors and Thomas Cromwell

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Elizabeth Champion

“For Novice and Academic alike”

Wilson-Lee’s book is an exploration of the daughters of Edward I and their less restricted, institutionalised interaction with power than that of their male counterparts. The book reads like a beautiful historical... More

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“SENSATIONAL WOMEN ARE REDISCOVERED IN THIS SUPERB BOOK”

A wonderful book. So beautifully written, well researched and presented in an accessible way.
For too long these remarkable women have be forgotten as the title reminds us. Their lives and deeds have taken a back... More

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Richard Watson

“Not just knights in armour”

Think of Edward the First and you might think of wars in France and Scotland, the re-creation of Arthurian myth, or how his son squandered his legacy: you certainly wouldn't have heard of his daughters. This book... More

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