A scholarly but readable account of Eleanor, Marguerite, Sanchia, and Beatrice of Provence. These four incredible, strong, and influential women helped define Europe during the thirteenth century. My favorite medieval time period is the fourteenth century. Reading this work gave me much greater insight into the events that helped shape the fourteenth century and the curious relationship between England and France.
This book did not seem very well organized and the story was not told in chronoligical order. It was as if someone was stringing together bits of histrorical facts from different sources. One chapter tells of the death of one of the women and in the next chapter it is related that she spent the Christmas season with the family in France. I give the narrator credit for for doing a good job with the material she had to work with. I don't know how I managed to listen to the entire book.
Great book! Wonderful way to introduce someone who "hates" history -- especially a teenage girl or woman -- to the beauty of history. But this isn't history just for females, although it does emphasize the oft-overlooked impact powerful, shrewd, well-connected women had on historical events. I'll probably buy the hardcopy to get more complete info -- maps, etc. I loved it!