The Lady Queen

The Lady Queen

The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily

Book - 2009
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Publisher: New York : Walker, c2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802716705
Branch Call Number: BIO Joanna I
Characteristics: 365 p., [8] p. of col. plates : col. ill., maps, geneal. tables ; 25 cm


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Jul 25, 2017

Great book, very well written and researched with a very interesting subject.

May 22, 2015

Joanna I of Naples, Sicily, and Jerusalem, born 1326, was the first Western woman to rule a kingdom in her own right. This biography is an incredible page turner. Joanna's first husband was murdered and she was dragged before the Pope to answer for it (at 22). She was acquitted, but the accusation dogged her. In a time when monarchs were expected to lead armies, and war was constant, she had to marry, and did so three more times, always for dynastic and military reasons. This didn't make for happy marriages, and her three children all died very young. Her only heir, the husband of a niece, got over-eager, invaded, imprisoned her, and finally murdered her. Yet she had ruled wisely for 30 years, keeping her hand on the administration of her kingdom, founding hospitals, guiding her people through famine, plague and war. The word "notorious" doesn't belong in the title of this admirable biography of a mostly admirable woman trying her best in a dangerous age. Helpful maps and genealogical tables.


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