Anyone who has read my blog for a while will know that I have a thing for books on royalty – well British / English royalty. I can’t help myself – especially when it comes to Queens.
I find the women who ruled (or almost ruled) my country to be endlessly fascinating, especially those who looked to assert power at a time when females were seen as a lesser class of citizen and the weaker sex – property of their fathers then their husbands.
One of a woman’s main jobs was to marry well – marriages agreed by her parents and those of her future spouse. Marrying up was the key, or marrying for gain – money, land, or power. And so it was for the Queens of the Conquest, each of whom found themselves supporting their husbands in their quest for power (bar Empress Maud, who aimed to be a Queen in her own right).Read More »