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  • ISBN: 0816029008
  • Author: Petronelle Cook
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Europe
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Facts on File; 1st edition (October 1, 1993)
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • ePUB size: 1818 kb
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ISBN 10: 0816029008 ISBN 13: 9780816029006. Publisher: Facts on File, 1993.

Cook, Petronelle Marguerite was born on May 16, 1925 in Plymouth, Devon, England. Petronelle Marguerite Cook has been listed as a notable Writer by Marquis Who's Who. Naturalized, United States, 1953. Daughter of Harry Alfred and Ada Wood (Alford) Crouch. Bachelor with honours, Oxford University, England, 1946. Diploma in logy, Oxford University, England, 1947. Master of Arts, Oxford University, England, 1950. Works. Queen Consorts of England: The Power Behind the Throne. The lives of the women who occupied the Old World's most. Published 1994 by Facts on File in New York. Internet Archive Wishlist, Femmes mariées, Reines, Histoire, Wives, Biographies, History, Biography, Queens.

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Cook, Petronelle: Consorts of England: The Power Behind the Throne (New York, 1993). Cooke, Sir Robert: The Palace of Westminster (London, 1987). Coss, Peter: The Lady in Medieval England, 1000–1500 (Stroud, 1998). Couppey, . Encore Héauville! Supplément aux notes historiques sur le prieur, conventuel d’Héauville la Hague (Revue catholique de Normandie, 10, 1900–01). Crofton, Ian: The Kings and Queens of England (London, 2006). Cronne, H. The Reign of Stephen, 1135–1154: Anarchy in England (London, 1970).

Offers brief profiles of the wives of reigning kings, including Eleanor of Aquitaine and Anne Boleyn, and describes their influence on the royal court
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Any study of the royal dynasties of Great Britain usually treats a monarch's spouse as a shadowy figure of no real importance, once the diplomatically important marriage has been made. Yes, there are exceptions. No one doubts the active nature of Eleanor of Aquitaine, whom Henry II found it expedient to lock away, and Henry VIII's repudiation of Catherine of Aragon was of momentous historical importance to the English -- but what about Matilda of Boulogne, who was utterly unable to control or even to moderate the chaos caused by King Stephen? Or Berengaria of Navarre, pro forma wife of the possibly homosexual Richard I? (Cook calls her "the first unlucky Spanish-born English queen.") Or Mary of Teck, George V's queen? (Though, after Parliament took control of the nation for good, it's debatable whether even the king could have any significant power, much less the queen.) Since she has to cover thirty-seven royal spouses, the author, a professional archaeologist with an M.A. from Oxford, is unable to spend much time on any one of them, but her writing style is clear and concise and this is a pretty good non-scholarly introduction to the other side of the throne. On the other hand, I found several relatively minor errors, such as the misattributed parentage of Edith of Scotland and inaccurate details about Neville "the Kingmaker," earl of Warwick, which leads me to wonder how many errors I didn't see.
Petronelle Cook should be lauded for taking on a long overdue task -- compiling biographies of the 37 women who have been married to kings of England since 1066. Her book is lively and fun to read, offering many juicy tidbits about the loves and lives of these royal consorts, providing a riveting soap opera lasting nearly 1,000 years. The trouble is -- is any of this information reliable? Let's start with an obvious problem: Matilda of Scotland (first wife of Henry I) is cited as having been born in 1080, and died in 1118 -- at the age of 41. There is either a problem with arithmatic or editing here, but regardless, it is an unforgivable gaff. The exact same problem happens with Queen Adelaide (b.1792, d.1849, age 67?) and probably others. But beyond that, Ms. Cook makes sweeping statements about her subjects that are simply not backed up by the facts. Getting back to Matilda of Scotland, she says "there is no evidence that she ever had the slightest influence over her husband," a statement which flies directly in the face of Matilda's contemporaries and subsequent biographers. Eleanor of Acquitaine is accused by Ms. Cook of conceiving a child, Prince William, out of wedlock with the future Henry II of England -- except that she has gotten the year of William's birth wrong. By the time he was born, Eleanor and Henry had been legally married for some fifteen months. So what is the reader to make of Ms. Cook's assertion that the disastrous civil war of the twelfth century was spurred by the Empress Matilda's unrequited love for the hapless King Stephen? Who knows? An intriguing theory is hampered by slipshod research and appalling editing. It is a shame, because Petronella Cook is obviously a writer of some talent who relishes her subject. Let's hope that a subsequent edition cleans up such errors and restores her credibility.
From claiming that no Queen of England had a drop of English blood and failing to identify Mathilda (Edith) of Scotland as the daughter of Margaret of England, grand-daughter of Edmund II Ironside to saying that Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick and Kingmaker was his father's younger son and married twice proves a lack of research that is damning and makes this book absolutely worthless.
This book tells the story of all the women to marry onto the English throne. Where the came from. How the came to be Queen Concorts of England. And how there lives influenced England.
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