Reviews for Daughters of the Winter Queen : four remarkable sisters, the crown of Bohemia, and the enduring legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Goldstone (The Rival Queens, 2015) relates the eminently readable tale of Elizabeth Stuart, dubbed the Winter Queen, and her four lovely, talented daughters. Virtually sold off into marriage by her father, James I, Elizabeth, the granddaughter of Mary Queen of Scots, was viewed, as many women of her station, as a valuable pawn in an elaborately orchestrated game of political chess. Married to an insignificant German count in an ultimately thwarted high-stakes gambit, Elizabeth had a convoluted yet significant association with the bloody, tumultuous Thirty Years' War. Fleeing Bohemia and seeking refuge in Holland, she raised her four daughters who formed the female nucleus from which every English monarch beginning with George I, including the memorable Victoria, and the indomitable Elizabeth II, has sprung in unbroken line amid the artistic, philosophical, and scientific renaissance that characterized the seventeenth-century Dutch golden age. The story of these five women, each remarkable for individual reasons and in her own right, both illuminates and is offset by Goldstone's vividly rendered European backdrop.--Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2018 Booklist

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Goldstone (The Rival Queens) once again places a much-deserved spotlight on remarkable women from European history. In this case, the enduring ancestral legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87). Mary's granddaughter Elizabeth Stuart, known as "the Winter Queen," is less familiar than that of her grandmother, who was beheaded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1587 (nine years before Stuart was born). But the story of the Winter Queen and her colorful brood of children-one of whom fathered King George I-rivals that of the Tudors. Goldstone's journey begins with Mary's brutal beheading and takes us through the eventual ascension of her son to the throne, triggering a series of dramatic generational events that include jealous gun-wielding queens, shifting loyalties, scandalous affairs, unprecedented marital arrangements, endless war, and religious fanaticism. Most importantly, we learn of the impressive power and influence of Stuart and her four daughters, which endures to this day. VERDICT A compulsively readable account of an otherwise unfamiliar royal family. Goldstone writes with knowledge, humor, and ease-a masterly storyteller who steers clear of overly academic language. Ideal for amateur Tudor historians who wish to be introduced to a lesser-known yet equally fascinating royal family.-Erin Entrada Kelly, Philadelphia Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.