Queens, Empresses, Grand Duchesses, and Regents
Women Rulers of Europe, A.D. 1328-1989Book - 1989
This book presents the lives and accomplishments of 39 women rulers--not in-name-only, but wielders of real power. Celebrated queens like Englands Elizabeth I share equal space here with lesser-known monarchs like Giovanna I of Naples and Maria da Gloria of Portugal. The flamboyant, such as Christina of Sweden, contrast with the moralistic, like Maria Theresa of Austria. Each is the heroine of an often dramatic story involving dynastic interplay and court politics. The complex forces that have impeded or sparked the royal performances are detailed.
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c1989
Characteristics: xiii, 282 p. : ports. ; 24 cm