Book Reviews

Book News September 2018

Elizabeth Revealed: 500 Facts about the Queen and Her World Hardcover – 26 September 2018 (UK) & 31 October 2018 (US) Elizabeth Revealed is a lively and affectionate celebration of The Queen’s long and eventful life. This gorgeously illustrated book blends personal and public, frivolous and factual in a tribute to an extraordinary woman and the sweeping [read more]

Jerusalem

Queens Regnant – Maria of Montferrat

Maria of Montferrat was born in the summer of 1192 as the daughter of Queen Isabella I of Jerusalem and her first husband, Conrad of Montferrat. She never knew her father as he died before she was born. Maria had six half-siblings from her mother’s two subsequent marriages. Of those six half-siblings, four sisters survived, [read more]

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Alice of Champagne

Queens Regnant – Isabella I of Jerusalem

The future Isabella I of Jerusalem was born circa 1172 from her father Almaric of Jerusalem’s second marriage to Maria Kommene, a grandniece of the Byzantine emperor. She had two half-siblings from her father’s first marriage, Baldwin and Sibylla. She was just two years old when her father died, and he was succeeded by his [read more]

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Empress Matilda

Matilda of Anjou – The forgotten Princess

Matilda of Anjou is another Queen-to-be that we never got to see in action. She remains quite unknown to the public, and I cannot even locate a contemporary portrait or even a description of her. When searching for her, I often find references to her more famous sister-in-law who was also coincidentally named Matilda, and [read more]