Book News June 2022

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Blood, Fire and Gold: The story of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici 

Hardcover – 30 June 2022 (UK & US)

This is a story of two remarkable visionaries: a story of blood, fire and gold. It is also a tale of ceaseless calculation, of love and rivalry, of war and wisdom – and of female power in a male world. Shining new light on their legendary kingdoms Blood, Fire and Gold provides a new way of looking at two of history’s most powerful women, and how they shaped each other as profoundly as they shaped the course of history. Drawing on their letters and brand new research, Estelle Paranque writes an entirely new chapter in the well-worn story of the sixteenth century.

The Elizabeth II Pocket Bible 

Hardcover – 28 June 2022 (US) & 2 April 2012 (UK)

This beautiful hardback edition has both dust-cover and gold embossing on the spine, making it the perfect gift. Every Pocket Bible is lovingly crafted to give you a unique mix of useful references, handy tips and fascinating trivia that will enlighten you at every page. There is a Pocket Bible for everyone.

Isle and Empires: Romanov Russia, Britain and the Isle of Wight 

Paperback – 25 June 2022 (US & UK)

The Isle of Wight was at the heart of this relationship, an island off the south coast of England that intimately linked the British royal family and the Romanovs. In August 1909, the Island hosted the Russian Imperial family during their visit to Cowes Week, then the most glamorous yachting regatta in Europe’s social calendar. A new era of Anglo-Russian collaboration emerged and seemed destined to become a dominant force in 20th-century global politics. However, less than ten years later, the Romanovs were overthrown by the Bolsheviks, and the British government and royal family stood accused of denying them a safe refuge in Britain.

The Lady Di Look Book: What Diana Was Trying to Tell Us Through Her Clothes

Hardcover – 21 June 2022 (US & UK)

From 1980s Sloane Ranger cottagecore Diana to athleisure and Dynasty Di Diana, The Lady Di Look Book is both compulsively delightful and a full biography of the world’s most beloved royal.

Gloriana: Elizabeth I and the Art of Queenship 

Hardcover – 16 June 2022 (US & UK)

In a kingdom ill-used to queens, Elizabeth I needed a very particular image to hold her divided country together. The ‘Cult of Gloriana’ was a movement in which authors, musicians, and artists – among them Spenser, Shakespeare, Tallis and Byrd – elevated the queen to the status of a virgin goddess. Her image was widely owned and distributed, thanks to the expansion of printing, and the English came to surpass their European counterparts in miniature painting, allowing courtiers to carry a likeness of their sovereign close to their hearts. Sumptuously illustrated, Gloriana tells the story of Elizabethan art as a powerful device for royal magnificence and propaganda. By illuminating several key artworks of Elizabeth’s reign, Linda Collins and Siobhan Clarke create a unique portrait of the Tudor monarch as she has never been seen before.

Destiny’s Child: The Undefeatable Reign of Cochin’s Parukutty Neithyaramma 

Hardcover – 1 June 2022 (US) & 20 April 2022 (UK)

This is an intimate account of the extraordinary life of Parukutty Nethyaramma, who went on to become one of the most powerful rulers of the Kingdom of Cochin.

Writing Mary I: History, Historiography, and Fiction (Queenship and Power) 

Hardcover – 4 June 2022 (US) & 6 June 2022 (UK)

This book―along with its companion volume Mary I in Writing: Letters, Literature, and Representations―centers on representations of Queen Mary I in writing, broadly construed, and the process of writing that queen into literature and other textual sources. It spans an equally wide chronological and geographical scope, accounting for the years prior to her accession in July 1553 through the centuries that followed her death in November 1558 and for her reach across England and into Ireland, Spain, Italy, Russia, and Africa. Its intent is to foreground words and language―written, spoken, and acted out―and, by extension, to draw out matters of and conversations about rhetoric, imagery, methodology, source base, genre, narrative, form, and more. Taken together, these volumes find in England’s first crowned queen regnant an incomparable opportunity to ask new questions and seek new answers that deepen our understanding of queenship, the early modern era, and modern popular culture.

Early English Queens, 650-850: Speculum Reginae (Lives of Royal Women)

Hardcover – 6 June 2022 (US & UK)

This book offers the first dedicated and comprehensive examination of the lives of nearly thirty women known to occupy the office of queen in the English kingdoms between 650 and 850.

The Life of Henrietta Anne: Daughter of Charles I 

Paperback – 30 June 2022 (US) & 30 April 2022 (UK)

Henrietta Anne Stuart, youngest child of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, was born in June 1644 in the besieged city of Exeter at the very height of the English Civil War. The hostilities had separated her parents, and her mother was on the run from Parliamentary forces when she gave birth with only a few attendants on hand to give her support. Within just a few days, she was on her way to the coast for a moonlit escape to her native France, leaving her infant daughter in the hands of trusted supporters. A few years later, Henrietta Anne would herself be whisked, disguised as a boy, out of the country and reunited with her mother in France, where she remained for the rest of her life.

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My name is Moniek and I am from the Netherlands. I began this website in 2013 because I wanted to share these women's amazing stories.

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