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Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of King Edward Longshanks

Pegasus. Oct. 2019. 352p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781643131948. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781643132808. HIST
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Wilson-Lee’s debut brings to the forefront the five daughters of Edward I: Eleanora, Joanna, Mary, Margaret, and Elizabeth, who lived from the late 13th to early 14th century. She traces their lives from their earliest years up to the crowning of their brother, Edward II, to offer a behind-the-scenes look at what the worlds of real medieval princesses were like. Using a vast number of resources, from personal letters and medieval chroniclers to contemporary literature and the king’s wardrobe rolls, the author draws back the stereotypes to highlight the daughters as individuals. This female-centric focus allows the author to show how aristocratic women exercised their power and influence to direct their lives, impact their families, help others, and influence historical events all while growing up during the heavily male-dominated Middle Ages.
VERDICT While putting a spotlight on an underrepresented era of medieval history, this book seeks to appeal to all kinds of readers with its easy narrative style, in-depth research, and engrossing details.

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