When one thinks of English Queens, one of the first to come to mind is Elizabeth I, but she could be numbered as just one of the powerful Queens who had a profound influence on the governance of the country. Isabella of France, wife to Edward II, certainly played a major and colourful part, not least her affair with Roger Mortimer. Then there was Maud, who so very nearly became Queen in the 12th century if it hadn’t been for a very fast move on the part of her cousin, Stephen, on the death of Henry I. And who can forget Eleanor of Aquitaine, or Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI?
This book purports to look at history afresh from the point of view of the parts these women played in the history of this country. I enjoyed it very much, but I would have enjoyed it even more if it had been told with more of their voice. However, it was a good read and certainly emphasised their role in the scheme of things in an age when man was the dominant head of all things – be it the throne of England or a humble cottage in the country.