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  • Title: Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe
  • Author: Sarah Gristwood
  • ISBN: 9780465096787
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sixteenth century Europe saw an explosion of female rule From Isabella of Castile, and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, to Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth Tudor, these women wielded enormous power over their territories, shaping the course of European history for over a century Across boundaries and generations, these royal women were mothers and daughters,Sixteenth century Europe saw an explosion of female rule From Isabella of Castile, and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, to Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth Tudor, these women wielded enormous power over their territories, shaping the course of European history for over a century Across boundaries and generations, these royal women were mothers and daughters, mentors and prot g es, allies and enemies For the first time, Europe saw a sisterhood of queens who would not be equaled until modern times A fascinating group biography and a thrilling political epic, Game of Queens explores the lives of some of the most beloved and reviled queens in history.
    Game of Queens The Women Who Made Sixteenth Century Europe Sixteenth century Europe saw an explosion of female rule From Isabella of Castile and her granddaughter Mary Tudor to Catherine de Medici Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth Tudor these women wielded enorm

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    1. 4.5 starsInteresting look at the role of women in the 15th and 16th centuries, showing that they were far influential than might at first appear Sarah Gristwood covers a lot of royal women of Europe and gives detailed accounts of that influence I was given a small introduction to many of the women I knew of in that era but had not known much about them I am now eager to learn about most of them I held back one half of a star this was because, especially in the section detailing Anne Boleyn in [...]

    2. The sixteenth chapter witnessed a proliferation of royal women of power from Isabella of Castile to Mary Tudor to Louise of Savoy to Elizabeth Tudor, there are direct lines of associations to these great ladies What s to be remembered though is the great historical movements these women witnessed as heads of state, most importantly the Reformation The beginning of this book was new information for me, but as the century progressed, the history became rote If one is an English of French history [...]

    3. Fabulous history Griswold is genius in her depth of context and eyes for all nuance for this pivotal 16th century 4.5 stars Only reason for my not rounding up is the complexity It is perhaps only in my own inability to follow such inter related lines of heredity and multiple titled nomenclature Her gender cognition for every character is 5 star As is the personality and core self identity for myriad women AND men The research is intensive and the charting and photos some of the most instructive [...]

    4. History makes it very clear that women often held a diminished or even non existent role in politics, leadership, and even the marital sphere The female gender, however, had of an influence and control than one perceives especially during that of Medieval Renaissance Europe Sarah Gristwood brings to the forefront examples of these lionesses in, Game of Queens The Women Who Made Sixteenth Century Europe In Games of Queens , Gristwood attempts to highlight the roles and interactions of several fe [...]

    5. In the 16th century Europe there was a significant amount of behind the scenes and occasionally center stage of female power Sarah Gristwood has in this book attempted to make it into a cohesive zeitgeist of the era So was there a mighty female sisterhood in the 1500s This book doesn t really convince of it Exhaustive as it is exhausting, the narrative jumps across timelines and countries at a flickeringly mad or madly flickering rate, bouncing between the characters named out of such a limited [...]

    6. I loved this book because it describes in detail these female rulers who ran Europe in the 16th century As a woman, I found this very insightful and the author didn t demean the women It also inspired me to continue to go against the grain and be great Highly recommend My Rating 4.5 stars

    7. Solid 3.5 5I enjoyed this nonfiction about the influential reigns of various queens across Europe in 1500s It s a fresh look at politics in a tumultuous century and how women wielded power unexpectedly often during those trying times It isn t perfect the text can be speculative and repetitive, but it s a fascinating read the earliest chapters in particular because they focus on figures like Louise of Savoy, Margaret Tudor, and Margaret of Austria More well known queens Katherine of Aragon, Anne [...]

    8. Detailed and wonderfully written book celebrating powerful queens of Western Europe Starting with Isabella of Spain and ending with Elizabeth I Gristwood writes of the various women from England, The Netherlands, Spain, Hungary, and France and how they impacted history Isabella of Spain broke the mold as a warrior queen, setting the precedent of a woman taking control of her country as well as standing beside her troops in battle With each new personality, Gristwood shows how they influenced the [...]

    9. Fascinating look at the woman who dominated sixteenth century Europe There are names most people know, like Isabelle of Castille, her daughter Katherine of Aragon, and Anne Boelyn But also women less known to the average person like Margaret of Hungary, Louise of Savoy, and Jeanne De Albrecht.A deeply interesting book showcasing the female and often feminist side of history.Highly recommended.

    10. This is like a college text book for a course on powerful women from Isabella I of Spain to Elizabeth I of England I believe it was written in anticipation of Ms.Clinton joining Merkel and May on the world stage as the most powerful group of women rulers since the 16th century.

    11. Game of Queens was a fascinating read, focusing on the power and chessboard politics of various queens, regents and important women of the sixteenth century Author Sarah Gristwood really knows her stuff, and her writing is clear and factual without becoming dry I knew a lot about many of the women going in Anne Boleyn, Katharine of Aragon, Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, Mary I but it was definitely nice to revisit these figures and to be able to fit what I know of them into the larger picture [...]

    12. As a Tudor England fan especially QEI , I found this book fascinating and rich in detail Anne Boleyn and her magnificent daughter QEI are significant characters in this history of powerful 16th century queens, someday Catherine of Aragon will finally receive the public respect for being a battle queen but you learn so much about the continental queens Isabella of Castile, Catherine de Medici,Margaret of Austria, and Louise of Savoy are powerful women who will fascinate you I found this book per [...]

    13. Really enjoyable book, filled in my knowledge of the history of the time period 1500s very nicely I especially liked how it linked events in England, France, and the Holy Roman Empire Spain, the Netherlands, the German states, and covered the role of religious dispute and reformation in a very clear and nonpartisan way.

    14. Fabulous history I ve always thought so The sixteenth century was a time of various political and religious conflicts It was all so very riveting Why, then, is Game of Queens terribly slow at times The answer to that is because it is not a history It is discussion of how the queens related to each other Game of Queens isn t just a catchy title it is a theme repeatedly emphasised Juana would be no player in the game of queens Gristwood forces down our throats the idea of Renaissance Europe being [...]

    15. Does not work as popular history short choppy chapters that whip back and forth between the various women, with no real feeling for said women so it is hard to tell them apart Does not work as history don t feel her argument very convincing that this group of women were all that powerful Like most women, they were pawns dealt by the men in their lives fathers, husbands, brothers, whatever , and even if they were named regent for a child it was or less an interim thing that could and was taken a [...]

    16. 2.5 starsWhile reading this, I couldn t help wonder why I was struggling with it It s a historical period I enjoy reading about with the additional bonus of focusing on the women in power I have very much enjoyed previous books by this author so it wasn t the writing style Having finished, I ve concluded that it was simply that Gristwood tried to cover too many people and too long of a time period It needed a tighter focus so that depth could be explored for me to enjoy it.

    17. I m a big fan of Ms Gristwood and this book, like her previous 2, didn t disappoint A fascinating look at the women who made 16th century Europe There are too many to mention, but all were strong, powerful women A truly wonderful read.

    18. From the accession of Isabella of Castile to the throne in 1784 to France s Massacre of Saint Bartholomew s Day almost a century later was an Age of Queens The period saw an explosion of female rule scarcely equalled in even the twentieth century These years saw the birth of the new Reformed religion as well as the dawn of the world we know today, and for much fo them large swaths of Europe were under the firm hand of a reigning queen or a female regent This was a sisterhood that recognized both [...]

    19. I find the Renaissance period one of the most fascinating in history and, especially when the focus is so often on England and on men, I was therefore extremely excited to win a copy of Game of Queens in a giveaway And I wasn t disappointed.Gristwood both presents the stories of individual queens, and weaves their stories together to show their impact on one another and on Europe as a whole, using the analogy of a chessboard throughout without forcing it too hard upon the reader The information [...]

    20. I found this book to be a bit too general for me, but I will concede that the book s premise necessitated this, and that Gristwood s Blood Sisters, which I read last year, was much the same I appreciated the new perspective into how common and influential female rulers were during the 16th century, as well as the little anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book Jeanne d Albret particularly impressed me, as did her mother Marguerite of Navarre, Elizabeth I, and her own mother, Anne Boleyn.

    21. Margaret of Austria was such a badass This book tries to accomplish so much in relatively few pages, but my main takeaway is that Margaret was straight up Boss Lady 1.Sarah Gristwood has a gift for exploring an insane amount of detail in a readable way I tore through this book and my only complaint is that she tried to achieve so much We get to read about queens of England, France, Scotland, Spain, and the Netherlands 324 pages Are you kidding me Each of the women in this book could and have had [...]

    22. I knew some of the women who were discussed but knew nothing about others It was a very good read about other women in the 16th century who influenced the politics and religion of the age and who you never hear about.

    23. Covers a lot of ground well, but I found that the last few chapters were rushed and difficult to get through Enjoyed the queen on a chessboard analogy throughout, though I d hoped for dialogue or narrative finessing as it seemed to get a little too textbook towards the end.

    24. It s not everyday you read a book that opens up new interest in a subject you are already interested in This new book did just that Not only does it discuss the lives of well known female rulers Elizabeth I and Mary I of England, Mary, Queen of Scots, Isabella of Castile, Margaret of Austria, as well as female consorts Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Katherine Parr, it also brings women such as Jeanne d Albret, Mary of Hungary, Margaret Tudor and Anne of Brittany, among others to the forefr [...]

    25. The 16th century saw a rise in female rulers that shaped much of Western Europe Never before, and allegedly after, had there been such a concentration of powerful women, both supporting and threatening one another, mentoring and betraying their kinwomen Many of these women are portrayed in Game of Queens, and many others are left outside this ambitious picture of politics during the 16th century The wide scope of the book is balanced by the sometimes shallow depiction of certain events and women [...]

    26. More genealogical than novel.The line of descent from mother to daughter, whether physical or spiritual, runs like an artery through 16th century Europe And the connections between them form a complex web Margaret of Austria , born daughter to the ruling Duchess of Burgundy, was sent as a toddler to the French court, where she fell under the influence of the formidable Anne de Beaujeu, and then as a teenager to the court of Castile, where she became Isabella s daughter in law and sister in law t [...]

    27. Decent book The concept was interesting but the production fell flat Either the book was too short for all the figures it meant to deal with, or it had too many figures for its length The last chapters were kind of a drag, and I closed Game of Queens feeling somewhat underwhelmed.Of all the figures Sarah Gristwood presents us, not all were fit for the so called Game of Queens Either because their lives were too private to be relevant Margaret Tudor or Marguerite of Navarre for example or because [...]

    28. Starting at the beginning of the 16th century with the strong, warrior like figure of Queen Isabella of Castile and ending with the powerful Queens of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici Gristwood s book explores the often overlooked women of Europe who played vitally important roles in the political and religious happenings of the time Sadly women were often overlooked, the focus being on their male counterparts Gristwood pulls back the covers and exposes many important, influential women who c [...]

    29. This book interweaves the stories of the influential women of 16th century western Europe in illuminating ways The interplay of the less famous women or at least, less famous to me were the most intriguing aspects, specifically Jeanne d Albret Queen of Navarre and her involvement in the Wars of Religion, but also Margaret of Austria, regent of the Netherlands but mentor to much of the leadership of Europe, male and female, for the better part of that century We typically read about ONLY Queen El [...]

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