Ungrateful Daughters: The Stuart Princesses Who Stole Their Father's Crown

Ungrateful Daughters: The Stuart Princesses Who Stole Their Father's Crown

ISBN13: 9780340794623
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Acclaimed historian Maureen Waller recreates the late Stuart era, in a compelling narrative that highlights the influence of three women in one of the most momentous events in our history: a palace coup that changed the face of the monarchy and signalled the end of a dynasty. In 1688, seven prominent men invited William of Orange - James' nephew and son-in-law - to intervene in English affairs. But it was the women, Queen Mary Beatrice and her stepdaughters Mary and Anne, who played a key role in this drama. Jealous and resentful, Anne had written malicious letters to her sister Mary, implying that the Queen's pregnancy was a hoax, a Catholic plot to deny Mary her rightful inheritance!

Type Book
Number Of Pages 480
Item Height 32 mm
Item Width 128 mm
Item Weight 362 Gram
Product Dimensions 128 x 32 x 196
Publisher Sceptre
Format Paperback | 480
Book Overview Maureen Waller is also the author of 1700: Scenes from London Life .

'Richly illuminating study of two strong-willed women who ruled England after conniving in the removal of their father from the throne ... This is history at its most enjoyable and personal, narrated with brio, based on solid research and brought to life with the social detail at which Waller excels' -- The Sunday Times 20020428 'I had never thought of James II in the role of King Lear; in his complete lack of understanding of his kingly role, he had always seemed to me rather the Duke of Windsor of the Stuart dynasty. In this intriguing study Maureen Waller makes no attempt to gloss over his professional and personal failings but she does succeed in evoking some sympathy for him by presenting - rightly in my view - his daughters Mary and Anne as Goneril and Regen. Maureen Waller's interpretation is unusual and fascinating.' -- Sarah Bradford, The Spectator 20020516 'An enthralling family saga ... stimulating and enjoyable' -- Antonia Fraser 20020516 'Waller wittily brings the rakish Stuarts vividly to life. It is a passionate, exciting read: scholarly history at its accessible best.' -- Harpers & Queen 20020516 'Maureen Waller's interpretation is unusual and fascinating which brings poignancy to its participants.' -- The Spectator 20020516

Maureen Waller was educated at University College London, where she read Medieval and Modern History. She took a master's degree at Queen Mary College, London in British and European History 1660-1714. After a brief spell at the National Portrait Gallery, she went into publishing. She has worked at many prestigious publishing houses.