This accessible narrative details all of the twists and turns of Queen Joanna of Naples' extraordinary life and rule. Nancy Goldstone brings the complex politics of the fourteenth century to life, exploring the nigh-on impossible position in which Joanna found herself, as the only woman of her age to rule in her own right. She looks at how marriage was used as a political tool, but also at how each of Joanna's marriages further complicated the succession of disputes, and almost constant warfare between the various rulers of the medieval Mediterranean, manifested not least in attempts to take Joanna's own crown.
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Nancy Goldstone is an American journalist, and the co-author (with her husband) of two works of European History: OUT OF THE FLAMES and THE FRIAR AND THE CIPHER. We published her last book, FOUR QUEENS, as a paperback original.From AudioFile:
Joanna I was a medieval queen who was forced to deal with political intrigue within her family and her state from a young age. Even with its attention to historical detail, Goldstone's biography reads like a page-turner at times, and Josephine Bailey's narration captures the suspense while still giving the listener enough time to absorb the details. She nimbly handles the pronunciation of foreign names, and her range of expression is admirably suited to portraying various characters (young and old, male and female) as she reads excerpts from their writings. Indeed, Bailey's rich, low voice, English accent, and elegant delivery make her sound positively queenly. A.E.B. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 2010. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. "Joanna I (Italian: Giovanna I; March 1328 27 July 1382) was Queen of Naples and Countess of Provence and Forcalquier from 1343 until her death. She also reigned as Princess of Achaea and claimed the crowns of Jerusalem and Sicily. During her long reign she was involved in numerous conflicts both internal and external. She was married four times." (Wikipedia) Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 016092
Book Description W&N. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 9.53x6.38x1.34 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0297860860