The Lady Queen

The Lady Queen

The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily

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The riveting history of a beautiful queen, a shocking murder, a papal trial--and a reign as triumphant as any in the Middle A ges.

On March 15, 1348, Joanna I , Queen of Naples, stood trial for her life before the Pope and his court in Avignon. She was twenty-two years old. Her cousin and husband, Prince Andrew of Hungary, had recently been murdered, and Joanna was the chief suspect. Determined to defend herself--Joanna won her acquittal against enormous odds. Returning to Naples, she ruled over one of Europe's most prestigious courts for more than thirty years--until she was herself murdered.

As courageous as Eleanor of Aquitaine, as astute and determined as Elizabeth I of England, Joanna was the only female monarch in her time to rule in her own name. She was notorious: The taint of her husband's death never quite left her. But she was also widely admired: Dedicated to the welfare of her subjects and realm, she reduced crime, built hospitals and churches, and encouraged the licensing of women physicians. While a procession of the most important artists and writers of her day found patronage at her glittering court, the turmoil of her times swirled around her: war, plague, intrigue, and the treachery that would, ultimately, bring her down.

As she did in her acclaimed Four Queens , Nancy Goldstone takes us back to the turbulent and colorful Middle Ages, and with skill and passion brings fully to life one of history's most remarkable women. Her research is impeccable, her eye for detail unerring, and in The Lady Queen she paints a captivating portrait of medieval royalty in all its incandescent complexity.

Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., c2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780802716705
Branch Call Number: 945. 705 JOA G
Characteristics: 365 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), geneal. tables, maps, ports.


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Jul 25, 2017

Great book, very well written and researched with a very interesting subject.

May 22, 2015

Joanna I of Naples, Sicily, and Jerusalem, born 1326, was the first Western woman to rule a kingdom in her own right. This biography is an incredible page turner. Joanna's first husband was murdered and she was dragged before the Pope to answer for it (at 22). She was acquitted, but the accusation dogged her. In a time when monarchs were expected to lead armies, and war was constant, she had to marry, and did so three more times, always for dynastic and military reasons. This didn't make for happy marriages, and her three children all died very young. Her only heir, the husband of a niece, got over-eager, invaded, imprisoned her, and finally murdered her. Yet she had ruled wisely for 30 years, keeping her hand on the administration of her kingdom, founding hospitals, guiding her people through famine, plague and war. The word "notorious" doesn't belong in the title of this admirable biography of a mostly admirable woman trying her best in a dangerous age. Helpful maps and genealogical tables.

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