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Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe by Sarah Gristwood

Soon after reading The Rival Queens, I wanted to read more about the time period, and learn about more of the women in it, especially those that only appeared in the margins of… 644 more words

16th Century

The Rival Queens: Catherine de’ Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom by Nancy Goldstone

Ladies and Gentlemen, the book that started it all. This biography is what first launched my venture into the world of European history. It’s a dual biography of two fascinating, powerful queens during renaissance France, mother and daughter Catherine de Medici, and Marguerite de Valois. 291 more words

16th Century

Mary, Queen of Scots ~ The Young Queen

On 8th December 1542, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, Mary, Queen of Scots was born at Linlithgow Palace, Scotland, to King James V of Scotland and his second wife, Mary of Guise. 2,083 more words


Mary Queen of Scots - Part One

Mary, queen of Scots was one of the most fascinating and controversial monarchs of 16th century Europe. At one time, she claimed the crowns of four nations – Scotland, France, England and Ireland. 1,465 more words


Francis I: The Maker of Modern France - A Book Review

Francis I of France has long been overshadowed in history. He lived through the times of Henry VIII and Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. Leonie Frieda breathes life back into one of the major players in European policies and military movements, in such a way that you feel as though you are walking through the halls of the french palaces. 221 more words


Henry II of France

Thanks to my love of Mary, Queen of Scots and the TV show Reign, I would never have thought about Henry II of France. I’m sure I would’ve come across him at some point in my life, but I wouldn’t have researched him as much as I have now. 1,431 more words


James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray

We know James Stewart as the illegitimate half-brother of Mary, Queen of Scots, and then later regent to her son, James VI, but what do we really know about him? 1,416 more words