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Author: Nancy Goldstone Narrator: Laura Kirman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9781478906582
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The captivating story of four unforgettable sisters and their glamorous mother, Elizabeth Stuart, granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots

Elizabeth Stuart’s life was transformed when her father, James I, ascended to the illustrious throne of England. Her marriage to a German count far below her rank was arranged with the understanding that James would help her husband achieve the crown of Bohemia. Her father’s terrible betrayal of this promise would ruin “the Winter Queen,” as Elizabeth would forever be known, imperil the lives of those she loved, and launch a war that would last thirty years.

Forced into exile, the Winter Queen and her growing family found refuge in Holland, where the glorious art and culture of the Dutch Golden Age formed the backdrop to her daughters’ education. The eldest, Princess Elizabeth, counted the preeminent philosopher René Descartes as her closest friend. Louise Hollandine, whose lively manner and appealing looks would provoke heartache and scandal, was a gifted artist. Henrietta Maria, the beauty of the family, would achieve the dynastic ambition of marrying into royalty, although at great cost. But it would be the youngest, Sophia, a heroine in the tradition of Jane Austen, whose ready wit and good-natured common sense masked immense strength of character, who would fulfill the promise of her great-grandmother Mary, a legacy which endures to this day.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Goldstone is a master juggler. She tells a good story, always with a delightfully light touch. In the process, extraordinary women are given the attention they deserve.”

    Times (London)

  • “This rich and complex story…is compulsively readable. Combining rigorous research with a vivid writing style, Nancy Goldstone illuminates the women who have often been left in the shadows of history and reminds us that fascination with royalty is nothing new.”

    Charlotte Gray, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The story of the Winter Queen and her colorful brood of children…[with] dramatic generational events that include jealous gun-wielding queens, shifting loyalties, scandalous affairs, unprecedented marital arrangements, endless war, and religious fanaticism…Goldstone writes with knowledge, humor, and ease—a masterly storyteller who steers clear of overly academic language.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This lively, well-researched group biography…clearly presents a captivating story with empathy and humor in a relaxed, entertaining, modern voice.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A great book for history fans seeking illumination on the connections of European royalty.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Pick of New Books Not to Miss

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About the Author

Nancy Goldstone is the author of several books, including The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc; Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe; and The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily. She has also coauthored five books with her husband, Lawrence Goldstone.

About the Narrator

Laura Kirman is an audiobook narrator and an actor known for her roles in Our Girl and The Shotlist.