THE QUEENS OF ENGLAND by Barbara Softly

THE QUEENS OF ENGLAND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Among the queens of England--Softly counts no fewer than 45 ladies who had the honor if not the power--are forgotten damsels like Philippa of Hainault, wed to Edward III, and Anne Neville, who, legend has it, worked as a kitchen maid to evade marriage to the notorious Richard of Gloucester. Some were luckier and were loved by the people of England and sometimes even their royal spouses. ""Caroline The Good"" was that rare bird, a well-liked Hanoverian; Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, hastily married to the Duke of Clarence, seems to have been a nice lady--she didn't succeed in producing a male heir to the throne but was very fond of King Billy's ten illegitimate children. England's more spectacular queens have been praised and slandered in biographies aplenty; this will suffice as a concise round-up of the less noted.

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Stein & Day