Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent unveils a seldom told story, enriched by her own insider's perspective of royal life. The Queen of Four Kingdoms is the epic true story of a rich and riveting period of French and English history, all witnessed by the captivating and complex heroine Yolande.
At the age of nineteen, Yolande of Aragon is sent away from her family, her friends, and everything she knows, to marry the young Duke of Anjou, King Charles VI's first cousin. Their marriage has been arranged to form an alliance between the previously warring kingdoms of Aragon and Anjou, and is politically fraught in a time of great danger and unrest. Yet the union between Yolande and Louis becomes not only a great love story, but also sets in motion events which will change the course of history.
As Louis spends more and more time and money fighting in Italy for his claim to the Kingdom of Naples, Yolande is left alone with their six children to govern their lands. But through her charm, fierce intelligence and the clever use of her spies, she becomes the saviour of not just her kingdoms but also of France.
Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent unveils this seldom told story, enriched by her own insider's perspective of royal life. The Queen of Four Kingdoms is the epic true story of a rich and riveting period of French and English history, all witnessed by the captivating and complex heroine Yolande.
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Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent is the author of three previous books: The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King, Crowned in a Far Country: Portraits of Eight Royal Brides and Cupid and the King: Five Royal Paramours.
For more than twenty five years, the Princess has pursued a successful career lecturing on historical topics. She lives with her husband, Prince Michael of Kent, in Kensington Palace in London.
'Riveting . . . spellbinding.' Mail on Sunday
A love story with the power to change history . . .
Aged nineteen, Yolande, the beautiful daughter of the King of Aragon is arranged in marriage to Duke Louis II of Anjou, in an attempt to bring peace to a generation of bitter conflict. Against her expectations, their union flourishes into a great love story that will change the course of history.
Whilst Louis risks his life fighting for distant kingdoms, Yolande is left alone with their five children to govern their vast inheritance and navigate a royal court fraught with danger and treachery. Using her wealth, intelligence and network of spies, she becomes the saviour of both her own territories and France itself.
In this sweeping and epic novel, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent unveils the seldom told true story of England's invasion of France in the 15th century and its captivating heroine, Yolande, The Queen of Four Kingdoms.
'Meticulously researched and powerfully evoked.' Philippa Gregory