Book Reviews

Book News October 2020

Queen of Versailles: Madame de Maintenon, First Lady of Louis XIV’s France  Hardcover – 22 October 2020 (US & UK) The rise to power of Françoise d’Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon (1635-1719), a queen in all but name, was nothing short of extraordinary. Born into poverty and ignominy, she used her intellect, charisma, and connections to [read more]

Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II – Mother and Queen (Part two)

Read part one here. On 9 July 1947, the engagement between Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten was announced. Shortly before the wedding, Elizabeth’s father bestowed a number of titles on his future son-in-law. He was to be the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich and should be addressed as “His Royal Highness.” He [read more]