Berengaria: in search of Richard the Lionheart's queen

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Four Courts Press, 1999 - History - 240 pages
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Richard the Lionheart is one of the most famous of medieval heroes, but what is known about the young woman he married, in Cyprus in May 1191, on the way to the Third Cussade? History has marginalised her, and popular tradition has all but overlooked her but the early sources, sparse though they are, reveal a woman of remarkable courage and tenacity who endured loneliness and hostility both as a queen consort and during her long years of widowhood. Her life tells us much about the fortunes of women in a male-dominated era and the role of a queen in the struggle between England and France at the time. It also highlights the role of the Papacy as protector of the orphan and widow in an age of brutal realpolitik.

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I think the author presented a good argument: that simply because Berengaria wasn't really on the scene in her husband's rule, doesn't mean she was passive - she was just never given the chance to ... Read full review

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