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Go to Just Released for the latest news about Nancy Goldstone's new book, The Maid and the Queen:  The Secret History of Joan of Arc, recently optioned for a feature film.

Praise

four queens"Attention, 'Game of Thrones' fans: The most enjoyably sensational aspects of medieval politics—double-crosses, ambushes, bizarre personal obsessions, lunacy and naked self-interest—are in abundant evidence in Nancy Goldstone's The Maid and the Queen... Because so much of this material is familiar, delivery becomes a crucial factor in any popular history of these events. Goldstone's is vigorous, witty and no-nonsense in the tradition of the late, great popular historian Barbara Tuchman." —Laura Miller, Salon.com

"Goldstone presents this dual biography of two fascinating medieval women with the descriptive energy of a novel." —USA Today

"Highly recommended for all readers who enjoy medieval history." —Historical Novels Society

four queens“Nancy Goldstone has written a wonderful book [Four Queens] about four remarkable women.  Her passion for history and her gift for telling a rattling good story make this an utterly compelling read.  She is clearly a major new talent in the field of historical writing, and I eagerly await her next book.  I am proud to be associated with such a fine work.”—Alison Weir

“The sisters’ lives are fascinating:  they wielded influence, pursued power, dealt with difficult husbands.  The book’s charm comes from author Nancy Goldstone’s witty tone and details about how these women lived.  Imagine history with a nice dollop of chick-lit charm.”—USA Today

“To get an idea of Nancy Goldstone’s book, think of chess, multidimensional chess… Ms. Goldstone is always good on the theatricality of the age… She is alert to the calculation in a silk cloak, the spin in a street hung with tapestries and the collateral in jewels… She steers her readers deftly from court to court, nudging us, like a good hostess, with names and connections as she goes, and lightening the informational load with dry humor.”—The Economist

“Goldstone weaves a vivid tapestry worthy of her subjects.”—Entertainment Weekly

the lady queen“Written in vivid, pellucid prose, Nancy Goldstone’s terrific biography of this unique and extraordinary woman gives us a glimpse of the significant power exercised by many women in the Middle Ages, and is nothing short of riveting.”—Francine du Plessix Gray

The Lady Queen weaves the story of one of the most extraordinary (and unjustly overlooked) rulers of the Middle Ages.  The incredible episodes in Joanna’s history… sometimes seem like something out of one of Boccaccio’s more fantastical tales.  In bringing it all together, Nancy Goldstone has produced the most compelling history of the ‘calamitous fourteenth century’ since A Distant Mirror.”—Ross King

“Goldstone expertly describes bloodthirsty 14th century politics and the complex family entanglements that encouraged siblings and cousins to clash over kingdoms like toddlers brawling over toys…Packed with action and effortless to read, Goldstone’s account will satisfy scholars and entertain  book clubs with a heroine who had persistence and unbounded dedication to her realm.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Court intrigue, the murder of a member of a royal house, and a sensational trial:  many authors use these elements in combination to forge page-turning medieval mysteries.  Goldstone proves…that truth is often stranger and more intriguing than fiction.  Choosing as her subject Joanna, the notorious queen of Naples…she chronicles the fascinating life of one of the few women in her time who ruled in her own name…a life well worthy of historical examination.”—Booklist

“A thoroughly intriguing portrait of a neglected historical figure.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

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