Join historian and author Alison Weir as she discusses her latest historical publication: Queens of the Crusades. The talk will have a special focus on Isabella of Angouleme, grandmother of Agnes and Aymer de Valence who were former residents of Valence House and after whom the house is named.
The Plantagenet queens of England played a role in some of the most dramatic events in our history. Crusading queens, rebel queens, learned queens, seductresses, fighting queens – and queens who enlivened England with the romantic culture of southern Europe – these determined women often broke through medieval restrictions to exercise power and influence, for good and sometimes for ill.
In telling the story of the first five Plantagenet queens – Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife of Henry II, Berengaria of Navarre, wife of Richard the Lionheart, Isabella of Angouleme, wife of King John, Alienor of Provence, wife of Henry III, and Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I, Alison Weir provides an enthralling new perspective on a dramatic period of high romance and sometimes low politics, with determined women at the heart of it.
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