A Daily TelegraphBook of the Year
The story of England's medieval queens is vivid and stirring, packed with tragedy, high drama and even comedy. It is a chronicle of love, murder, war and betrayal, filled with passion, intrigue and sorrow, peopled by a cast of heroines, villains, stateswomen and lovers.
In the first volume of this epic new series, Alison Weir strips away centuries of romantic mythology and prejudice to reveal the lives of England's queens in the century after the Norman Conquest. It begins with Matilda of Flanders, who supported William the Conqueror in his invasion of England in 1066, and culminates in the turbulent life of the Empress Maud, who claimed to be queen of England in her own right.
Queens of the Conquestis a seamless tale of interconnected lives in which these five extraordinary women reclaim their rightful roles at the centre of English history.