Bulldog Book Club 4/20 and 4/26: Four Queens

April 17, 2011 – 3:45 PM

Finish out your spring reading with Nancy Goldstone’s “complusively readable” Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe.  Then come to Bulldog Book Club and discuss it with English Professor Fran Teague and a UGA Librarian.

Historian Goldstone tracks the historically and politically significant lives of four thirteenth-century sisters born into the minor nobility of medieval Provence. Although their origins were not as lofty as many others, Marguerite married Louis IX of France, Eleanor was wed to England’s Henry III, Sanchia was married to Richard of Cornwall, who eventually was crowned king of Germany, and Beatrice assisted her husband, Charles of Anjou, in seizing the Sicilian throne. Goldstone deftly analyzes what separated these women from their peers–beauty, ambition, familial connections, political aspirations, and timing–in compulsively readable detail. This fascinating collective biography will appeal to students of the period and should generate some crossover appeal for fans of intelligent historical fiction featuring strong female protagonists a la Philippa Gregory. – Booklist

Wednesday, 20 April. 3:30-4:30, Jittery Joe’s in the Miller Learning Center.
Tuesday, 26 April,. 12:30-1:30, Jittery Joe’s in the Miller Learning Center.

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