Daughters of the Winter Queen by Nancy Goldstone

Daughters of the Winter Queen

From the author of The Rival Queens, a lively group biography of Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, and her four daughters, whose lives paint a vivid picture of the upheavals of 17th-century EuropeSet in the tumultuous seventeenth century, DAUGHTERS OF THE WINTER QUEEN tells the delicious and dramatic stories of Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen--granddaughter of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots--and her four unforgettable daughters. Like Austen...

Details Daughters of the Winter Queen

TitleDaughters of the Winter Queen
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Biography

Reviews Daughters of the Winter Queen

  • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! This did not influence my opinion.I requested this ARC because this basically lines up with Tudor history. Mary Queen of Scots was a big name during that time, so I thought it would be interesting to read about her continued line. It’s something I’m vaguely familiar with, after all.The story really focused on her grandda...
  • Erin
    3.75 stars Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. If I am going to engage in reading some historical biography, nothing suits me better than when an author says I know you think you've heard it all, but what if I had you consider the people in the background and the role they played? Daughters of the Winter Queen takes a glance at the female descendants of Mary, Queen of Scots- particularly her granddaughter...
  • Linda
    How did the heirs of the youngest daughter of the Queen of Bohemia become the Hanoverian kings of England? This gossipy history of the daughters of Elizabeth, sister of the executed Charles I, reveals the inside story. In a time when women were seen as chattel to be traded for high status, Elisabeth, Louise Hollandine, Marie, and Sophia made their own decisions about their futures. Fast-paced and a bit snarky, this fun read embodies what I love a...
  • Helen Carolan
    This book was an interesting read. It charts the history of princess Elizabeth, sister of Charles I, who became the queen of Bohemia for a brief period and forever after was known as the 'winter queen'. It also details the lives of her four daughters and traces the line of the British monarchy to the present day. Her daughters had interest and sometimes tragic lives themselves. This was a terrific read.
  • Kate Eminhizer
    I received an advanced reading copy of this publication from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Nancy Goldstone is one of the few authors that actually makes reading non-fiction enjoyable! As with her other publications, this book was very readable. This book was very thorough in describing the life of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, and that of her children. It did not focus on the seemingly inconsequential aspects of their lives but...
  • Mrs. Salgy
    Nancy Goldstone’s “Daughters of the Winter Queen” takes on a relatively unknown part of Tudor/Stuart history and breathes new life into it! The Winter Queen, as Eluzabeth of Bohemia was known, was a granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots and named for Queen Elizabeth I—the woman who ordered Mary’s execution. Goldstone’s wealth of research and approachable writing style combine to make this an intriguing look at the woman whose descenda...
  • Conny
    I was a First Read Winner of this book and I really enjoyed it. To be honest I knew nothing about the Winter Queen and her four daughters and I was eager to learn about them and their struggles, it shed a much needed light on some very resilient woman. I was glad that there was a genealogy tree at the beginning of the book though, because I found myself referring to it quiet a lot and it helped with keeping the names and marriages straight. If yo...
  • Shilpa Sudhakar
    The story of a lesser known Elizabeth, daughter of James I, grand daughter of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was charged with treason and beheaded by her cousin, Elizabeth I. Elizabeth found herself Queen of Bohemia after her marriage only to lose the kingdom a few months later (hence known as the Winter Queen, having been in power for just one season). Despite being let down and betrayed by her own father, the King of England who refused to support h...
  • Patricia Romero
    This is the story of Elizabeth who would marry a man who became the King of Bohemia. While she gave birth to 13 children these four girls were the only ones to make it to adults. The story focuses mainly on Elizabeth until her death when more about the daughters is revealed.Starting out in Scotland and England the author takes us to the palaces of Europe and is full of details on the wars, all the political messiness, love affairs doomed to fail,...
  • Darcysmom
    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.I started Daughters of the Winter Queen with high expectations, and I was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this well researched and highly accessible account of the Winter Queen and her four daughters.I enjoyed getting to know Elizabeth, Louise Hollandine, Henrietta Maria, and Sophia. Their lives provide an excellent backdrop to the geopolitical maneuver...
  • Beata
    Fascinating story of how descendants of James I returned to rule Great Britain after several generations. The book is easy to follow and as well written as The Rival Queens. Highly recommended to those who are interested in the Stuarts and want to learn why Hanovarians were given the right to reign on the British Isles.
  • Kat Williamson
    I throughly enjoyed this book. As a layman it was easy to read and kept my attention the whole time. By the expanse of the bibliography at the back I dare say it was well researched as well.
  • Lori
    This is the story of the granddaughter of Mary Queen of Scots, her four daughters, and how they endured and impacted the world of their time. Nancy Goldstone has written a very well documented, and for the most part, very interesting account of their lives. I thoroughly enjoyed their story, they were impressive women. A tad dry at times, as many biographies are, but over all very well done, with some great insights. I will read more by this autho...
  • Anne
    Daughters of the Winter Queen brings to life these women. It transports you back and you are in the room experiencing history as it unfolds. Nancy Goldstone is a gifted writer and historian. I really enjoyed this book.
  • Xenia0201
    I’m a fan of Nancy Goldstone; I’ve read Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe, The Rival Queens and the Lady Queen. Ms. Goldstone has a talent for creating a historical biography that’s highly readable, often employing wit and humor. Daughters of the Winter Queen is no exception, plus the subject matter is intriguing in itself. This is a detailed compilation of the unfortunate Winter Queen, aka Elizabeth Stuart, her ill-fated...
  • Mary Jo
    One of the best history books I've read in a long time. Authoritative, well researched, fascinating and about the women who lived it, this book reads like a novel! Little known story of the daughter of James ! of England who was married to a minor ruler in Bohemia and whose daughters lived to be scholars and rulers. Many wars, intrigues, the Hapsburg empire, The French Sun king, the English civil ending in the killing of Charles 1, the rise of Ol...
  • Dorothy
    I won a advance copy of the book. I started the first few pages and realized it was a very involved read, with lots of information to absorb. So I took it nice and slow, once I got familiar with all of the daughters and various people associated with them I really started to enjoy the book and became interested in their lives. For those familiar with the royal family history should enjoy the book. Those of us who only knowledge of the royalty are...
  • Tiffany
    Well written, well researched, and genuinely interesting. the detailed endnotes and the selected bibliography guide readers to even more information if they were to be so inclined. The book covers much more than the title would imply, and I was pleasantly surprised. Goldstone's lead up to the title characters added a wealth of information that I may have been lacking had it been absent. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the subject a...
  • Jill
    As a confessed anglophile, I started reading this because of the connections to the British royal families. However, I learned SO MUCH about the history of the rest of Europe in the 17th century! Well written, I never felt bogged down by political debates or overly described personalities. When quoted vernacular got too confusingly archaic, the author helped to simplify (and sometimes with humor) the meanings. I definitely enjoyed reading this an...
  • Alex
    It’s a lot to process because this family was ridiculous, but Goldstone keeps it fresh and snarky.
  • Pcox
    The narrative reported the facts but didn't go below the surface to bring these ladies to life.