This is the first modern scholarly biography of Blanche of Castile, whose identity has until now been subsumed in that of her son, the saintly Louis IX. A central figure in the politics of medieval Europe, Blanche was a sophisticated patron of religion and culture. Through Lindy Grant’s engaging account, based on a close analysis of Blanche’s household accounts and of the social and religious networks on which her power and agency depended, Blanche is revealed as a vibrant and intellectually questioning personality.
Lindy Grant is professor of medieval history, University of Reading, and was previously medieval curator at the Courtauld Institute, London.
“A long-overdue biography of a fascinating woman, but also a valuable contribution to our understanding of medieval queenship, monarchy and power.”—Katherine Harvey, TLS
“This is a most welcome book. . . There is no doubt that this is an excellent and much-needed biography of one of the most important rulers of the later Middle Ages.”—Justine Firnhaber-Baker, EHR
“The first truly modern book-length study of this remarkable medieval woman. . . it will be very difficult for anyone to replace Grant’s compelling portrait of Blanche of Castile as a ruler.”—Miriam Shadis, Royal Studies Journal
“Long awaited and magisterial book [. . . ] Grant does justice to her subject and conveys, to an impressive extent, a sense of the lived experience of being Blanche of Castile.” —Kathleen Nolan, Reviews in History
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