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BOOK OF THE MONTH

Game of Queens: The Women who Made Sixteenth Century Europe

By Sarah Gristwood

Oneworld, £20, 416 pages, hardback

It’s a regrettable fact that much of history – or, at least, much of our view of it – remains dominated by men. But not in this new book from Tudor historian Sarah Gristwood, which documents an age when a group of high-profile women held positions of power across Europe. Some, such as Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I, are familiar – others, including Isabella of Castile and Jeanne d’Albret, may be less so. Gristwood brings them all to life with her usual mix of character study and pacy narrative, charting their (often familial) relationships as they weathered religious strife and personal opposition.

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