The Dog Doesn’t Die

Book reviews & random thoughts

Does the Dog Die? A Brief Review of Four Queens, by Nancy Goldstone

Imagine if, say, Hillary Clinton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, and Michelle Obama  were all … sisters. Four women, each married to powerful men, one a powerful politician in her own right (Clinton), one an outspoken activist (Roosevelt), another remembered mostly for her fashion and style (Kennedy), and the fourth a supportive and intelligent partner (Obama, in all likelihood). That is essentially what occurred in the 13th century with four sisters from Provence. Nancy Goldstone’s chronicle of the Four Queens tells their story in an engaging manner, as they became the queens of France, England, what we know as Germany, and Sicily.

It’s an intriguing tale, especially regarding the two older sisters, Marguerite and Eleanor, who were active in empire-building, civil wars, the crusades, and more. Goldstone writes well and makes the lives of her subjects seem vivid. For example, I could just see Marguerite wanting to ditch her obsessed husband, King Louis IX of France, as he single-mindedly pursued one futile crusade after another. Instead, she remained steadfast and tried to steer him back toward governing, which she sometimes did in his place. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read history from something other than the usual war-and-politics angle.

As far as animals, the point of this blog, there are a couple of brief references to horses that did not survive certain situations, but nothing vivid or off-putting. So I will declare this book SAFE for animal lovers.


January 27, 2009 - Posted by | animals, Book Reviews, history | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Ooh, I’m going to have to check that out!

    Comment by Pandionna | January 28, 2009 | Reply

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