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Sovereign ladies : the six reigning queens of England

Author: Maureen Waller
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Recording for Blind & Dyslexic, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Biography : English
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In the last millennium there have been only six female sovereigns: Mary I and Elizabeth I, Mary II and Anne, Victoria and Elizabeth II, who celebrated her eightieth birthday in 2006. With the exception of Mary I, they are among England's most successful monarchs. Without Mary II and Anne, the Glorious Revolution of 1688 might not have taken place. Elizabeth I and Victoria gave their name to an age, presiding over  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Maureen Waller
OCLC Number: 180920345
Notes: Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007, ©2006. 1st U.S. ed.
Originally published in Great Britain in 2006 by John Murray Publishers.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: House of Tudor: Mary I (b. 1516, r. 1553-1558), Princess, Bastard, Rebel, Mary the Queen, Spanish marriage, Exit Jane, Phantom pregnancy, Burnings, Legacy; Elizabeth I (b. 1533, r. 1558-1603), Little bastard, Affair, Suspect, Queen, For a woman to bear rule, One mistress and no master; Two queens in one isle; Image of the queen, Eliza triumphans, Setting sun --
House of Stuart: Mary II (b. 1662, r. 1689-1694), Princess of Orange, Unnatural daughter, Sovereign and consort; Anne (b. 1665, r. 1702-1714), Lady Anne, Conspirator, Good Queen Anne --
House of Hanover: Victoria (b. 1819, r. 1837-1901), Kensington girl, Victoria Regina, Wife, mother and queen, Dual monarchy, Widow, Great white empress, Matriarch --
House of Windsor: Elizabeth II (b.1926, r. 1952- ), Lilibet, Elizabeth our Queen, After Diana --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Maureen Waller.

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In the last millennium there have been only six female sovereigns: Mary I and Elizabeth I, Mary II and Anne, Victoria and Elizabeth II, who celebrated her eightieth birthday in 2006. With the exception of Mary I, they are among England's most successful monarchs. Without Mary II and Anne, the Glorious Revolution of 1688 might not have taken place. Elizabeth I and Victoria gave their name to an age, presiding over long periods when the country made significant progress in the growth of empire, prestige and power. All of them have far-reaching legacies. Each faced personal sacrifices and emotional dilemmas in her pursuit of political power. How to overcome the problem of being a female ruler when the sex was considered inferior? Does a queen take a husband and, if so, how does she reconcile the reversal of the natural order, according to which the man should be the master? A queen's first duty is to provide an heir to the throne, but at what cost? [This book] assesses their achievements from a female perspective.-Dust jacket.

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