Top 10 Books about Medieval Queens
1. “Queenship in Medieval Europe” by Theresa Earenfight
Provides a comprehensive overview of queenship in medieval Europe, examining the roles, powers, and challenges faced by queens.Explores the lives of queens from different regions and time periods, shedding light on their political, cultural, and social impact.
2. “She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth” by Helen Castor
Chronicles the lives of prominent medieval queens of England, including Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Isabella of France. Examines their struggles for power, the complexities of their reigns, and the broader context of women’s rule in medieval England.
3. “Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France, Queen of England” by Ralph V. Turner
Offers a detailed biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the most influential queens of the medieval period.Explores her marriages to King Louis VII of France and King Henry II of England, her political endeavors, and her cultural patronage.
4. “The Life and Times of Isabeau of Bavaria” by Tracy Adams
Sheds light on the life of Isabeau of Bavaria, queen consort of France during the tumultuous 15th century.Explores her role in political events, her cultural impact, and the controversies surrounding her reign.
5. “The Warrior Queens: Boadicea’s Chariot” by Antonia Fraser
Examines the lives of powerful warrior queens from ancient times to the medieval period, including the legendary Boadicea and Matilda of Tuscany. Explores their military leadership, political struggles, and their impact on gender roles and perceptions.
6. “The Queen’s Conjuror: The Science and Magic of Dr. John Dee, Advisor to Queen Elizabeth I” by Benjamin Woolley
Focuses on the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and her trusted advisor, Dr. John Dee, who played a significant role in shaping her reign. Explores the intersection of politics, science, and magic during the Tudor era, shedding light on the queen’s patronage of intellectual pursuits.
7. “Queenship in Medieval France: The Last Capetians and the Early Valois Queens” by John Carmi Parsons
Provides a comprehensive examination of queenship in medieval France during the transition from the Capetian to the Valois dynasty. Explores the influence of queens like Blanche of Castile, Joan of Navarre, and Isabeau of Bavaria on French politics and culture.
8. “The Life of Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland” by Turgot of Durham
Offers a medieval perspective on the life and virtues of Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland.
Explores her religious devotion, influence on Scottish society, and her lasting legacy as a revered queen and saint.
9. “The Queens of Medieval France” by Gillian Polack
Chronicles the lives of the queens of medieval France, from the Merovingian era to theend of the Valois dynasty. Explores their roles, relationships, and contributions to the political, cultural, and religious landscape of France.
10. “Women and Sovereignty in Medieval Europe: Queenship and Political Power” edited by Theresa Earenfight
A collection of scholarly essays that examines the various facets of queenship and women’s political power in medieval Europe.Explores the experiences of queens from different regions and periods, shedding light on the complexities of female rule.