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, Historical, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews Daughters of the Winter Queen

  • Stephen Collins
    This the story of The Winter Queen the Queen for only one season -Winter.This starts with brutal beheading of Mary Queen of Scots who had here head chopped off. But first blow missed & chopped into her head then Bloody axe was pulled out & hit her neck but failed to chop it off so rather than pull It out he hacked at remaining flesh Until came off ,her lips were still moving when he lifted it up the head.But Mary got last laugh from beyond the gr...
  • Caidyn (BW 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...
  • Orsolya
    Although most of the English history coverage on the bookshelves today tends to distinct the Tudor dynasty; the Stuart monarchs had their own share of drama and soap opera-esque flair beginning with Mary, Queen of Scots. This feisty bloodline continued with Elizabeth Stuart, the daughter of James I of England and his queen, Anne of Denmark. Known as the ‘Winter Queen’ for being queen of Bohemia and the Palatine for only one season (but retain...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Leah
    Or maybe the sons...The Winter Queen of the title is Elizabeth, daughter of James VI of Scotland, later James I of England, and herself briefly Queen of Bohemia, through her marriage to Frederick, also known as the Palatinate. Elizabeth and Frederick produced an alarming number of children, the majority of whom lived into adulthood, and as their sons and daughters grew up and contracted marriages or made alliances, they spread their influence thr...
  • Joan
    I found myself thinking at one rather long point that this book proves that American thought was better than European thought since the middle kids of this enormous family seemed to mostly prove that the rich women in the 1600s had nothing better to do with themselves than try to marry advantageously and if failing at that, go into religious houses. This reflection alone lost the book a few stars. Elizabeth of Behemia was a fascinating person. It...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Carolyn Harris
    An absorbing four generation family saga from the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1587 to the accession of George I in 1714. Goldstone describes the reign of James I, the eventful life of his daughter, Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia, and the adventures of her thirteen children, including four gifted daughters. Elizabeth's youngest daughter, Sophia, actively campaigned for her family to be acknowledged as the senior line in the British succession...
  • Ann Marie Olszewski
    A very engrossing and engaging history of two generations of Stuart princesses, who certainly shared many of the traits that made Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, such a strong and fascinating woman. I knew next to nothing about Elizabeth, one-time Queen of Bohemia, and her daughter Sophia, the Electress of Hanover, so this history was revelatory to me. Sophia's direct descendants still sit on the British throne, so while Mary may have lost her head,...
  • 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,...
  • Janta
    A well-written book; the prose is engaging and accessible. My only criticism is that large sections of the book are not, in fact, about the daughters of the Winter Queen. The first third or so of the book is a discussion of the historical background. When the daughters finally make their appearances, there is a brief section on each of them and then the remainder of that chapter is largely given over to describing the actions of the *sons* of the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Amy
    This book 👍🏻👍🏻I usually pick up a non fiction book because the subject matter interests me but then I abandon it 50 pages in because it’s too dry. But this book was definitely not that. The author uses a lot of humor to tell the story of the descendants of Mary Queen of Scots (my fav historical figure) to make their story read like an episode of General Hospital. And it really makes me thankful for antibiotics.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pcox
    The narrative reported the facts but didn't go below the surface to bring these ladies to life.
  • Becky - Pug and Books
    Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots by Nancy GoldstoneStar rating: ★★★☆ ☆ 3/5 starsFormat: library eaudiobookSummary: This book follows Elizabeth Stuart, granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots and her four daughters. Review: For being about these four sisters I really expected the book to focus way more than it does on them. I felt like most of this...
  • David Dunlap
    Elizabeth Stuart -- granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots and daughter to James I and his wife Anne of Denmark -- had thirteen children with her husband, Frederick V, Count/Elector Palatine. Goldstone writes of the lives of this historically prominent family, emphasizing (as the title suggests) those of the four daughters to reach maturity: the intellectually brilliant Elizabeth (who knowledgably corresponded with Descartes on matters mathematica...
  • Nate
    Daughters of the Winter Queen is nominally about the 4 daughters of Elizabeth Stuart and Frederick of the Palatinate. It really is just a history of the 30 years war, English Civil War, and a biography of the Winter Queen and Princess Elizabeth and Sophia, her eldest and youngest daughter, with some mentions of her sons and other daughters. In short, it was unfocused in the extreme. This is not a biography. One daughter's sections were so bare, t...
  • Deborah
    Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of James I (and therefore granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots) was married to a lesser noble, Frederick, Elector of Palatine, with the promise that her father would support his efforts to win the crown of Bohemia. James--not exactly know for being fair and honest when it wasn't expedient--backed out of the promise, an act that sent Elizabeth and her family into exile and ultimately led to the devastating Thirty Years ...
  • Debbie Williams
    This was a history of Elisabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia and her daughters. The book was written in sections: Part 1 focused mainly on Elizabeth Stuart who was the granddaughter of the Mary, Queen of Scots; Part 2 discussed her daughters: Princess Elizabeth, Louise Hollandine, Henrietta Maria, and Sophia; and Part 3 was on the Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots. When I first started reading, I thought that this was a historical fiction, but came to f...
  • 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...
  • 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...