Please note: In order to keep Hive up to date and provide users with the best features, we are no longer able to fully support Internet Explorer. The site is still available to you, however some sections of the site may appear broken. We would encourage you to move to a more modern browser like Firefox, Edge or Chrome in order to experience the site fully.

Game of Queens : The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe, Paperback / softback Book

Game of Queens : The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback


A BBC History magazine Book of the Year and an Best Book of the MonthAs religion divided sixteenth-century Europe, an extraordinary group of women rose to power.

They governed nations while kings fought in foreign lands.

They ruled on behalf of nephews, brothers and sons. They negotiated peace between their warring nations.

For decades, they ran Europe. Small wonder that it was in this century that the queen became the most powerful piece on the chessboard. From mother to daughter and mentor to protegee, Sarah Gristwood follows the passage of power from Isabella of Castile and Anne de Beaujeu through Anne Boleyn - the woman who tipped England into religious reform - and on to Elizabeth I and Jeanne d'Albret, heroine of the Protestant Reformation.

Unravelling a gripping historical narrative, Gristwood reveals the stories of the queens who had, until now, been overshadowed by kings.




Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Also by Sarah Gristwood  |  View all