And she seems to have been a thoroughly nice woman too! She was beautiful, she was well-educated and intelligent and she certainly knew how to bring up children. Sounds like my wonderful wife!
On the whole this is a well-written book. I was amazed that so many facts could be gleaned from so long ago, mostly from records of grants, from charters and from household accounts. In many cases the facts are suppositions (if someone receives wine as a gift they must be still alive, when they stop drawing their annuity they must have died) but the reconstruction is impressive. But. It does slow down the narrative when we are told exactly what the evidence is for each piece of the jigsaw. I almost wanted a slimmer narrative backed up by copious footnotes that I could have skipped. But that is not the fashion with biographies today.
Almost my favourite bit was the genealogical tables at the back which proved very useful.
Other books on this blog linked to this period include:
- The Fears of Henry IV by Ian Mortimer
- The Plantagenets by Dan Jones
- The Making of Europe by Robert Bartlett for background reading about how society changed in mediaeval Europe
- God's Philosophers by James Hannam about the intellectual climate of the times; this is one of my favourite books!
- Summer of Blood by Dan Jones about the Peasants' Revolt
Worth reading. July 2015; 282 pages