Eleanora, Joanna, Margaret, Mary and Elizabeth

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Not as famous as John, Paul, George and Ringo, but a recent book by Kelcey Wilson-Lee seeks to bring into prominence the lives of the five daughters of Edward I and Eleanor of Castile. The book is endorsed by Tracey Borman, the biographer of Matilda of Flanders (Jonathan Cape, 2011), the wife and queen of William the Conqueror, and is another of the growing library of histories of women in the middle ages, denied recognition until modern times. The five subjects of this book come to life as vibrant and important figures in English history. As the publicity for the books has it, "They might never wear the crown in their own right, but they were utterly confident of their crucial role in the spectacle of medieval kingship.” Hardback, ISBN 9781509847891, released May 2019.