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The Sister Queens: Isabella & Catherine de Valois

Mary McGrigor



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01 November 2019
Biography: historical, political & military; History; Medieval history; Gender studies: women
Isabella de Valois was 3 years old when, on a hot August day in 1392, her father suddenly went mad. Less than four years later, she was married by proxy to the English King Richard II and arrived in England with a French retinue and her doll's house. Richard's humiliating deposition and brutal murder by his cousin, the future Henry IV, forced Isabella's desperate return to France where she found her country fatally divided. Isabella's sister, Catherine de Valois, became the beautiful young bride of Henry V and is unique in history for being the daughter of a king, the wife of a king, the mother of a king and the grandmother of a king. Like her sister, Catherine was viewed as a bargaining chip in times of political turmoil, yet her passionate love affair with the young Owain Tudor established the entire Tudor dynasty and set in motion one of the most fascinating periods of British history. The Sister Queens is a gripping tale of love, exile and conflict in a time when even royal women had to fight for survival. AUTHOR: Mary McGrigor is the author of several books, including Argyll, The Other Tudor Princess, and The Tsar's Doctor.

12 b/w illustrations
By:   Mary McGrigor
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9780750992374
ISBN 10:   0750992379
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   01 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

MARY MCGRIGOR was brought up in a fifteenth-century Scottish castle, which cemented her love of history. She is the author of many books, most recently The Other Tudor Princess, the first biography of Henry VIII's beloved niece and one-time heir to the throne Margaret Douglas (The History Press, 2015). She lives in Argyll.

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