Game of Queens

By Sarah Gristwood,

Book cover of Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe

Book description

A BBC History magazine Book of the Year and an amazon.com Best Book of the Month

As 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…


Shepherd is reader supported. We may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through links on our website. (learn more)

Why read it?

1 author picked Game of Queens as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

There is no doubt that the sixteenth century was a man’s world. Women were treated as second-class citizens and viewed as inferior in every single respect: mentally, physically and emotionally. Yet it was also the era of powerful female sovereigns, consorts and regents. Sarah Gristwood’s beautifully written and well-researched study follows the varying fortunes of some of the period’s most formidable matriarchs, from Isabella of Castile to the six wives of Henry VIII.

From Tracy's list on life in Tudor times.

Want books like Game of Queens?

Our community of 7,000+ authors has personally recommended 10 books like Game of Queens.

Browse books like Game of Queens

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in Tudor, Anne Boleyn, and Europe?

7,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about Tudor, Anne Boleyn, and Europe.

Tudor Explore 17 books about Tudor
Anne Boleyn Explore 10 books about Anne Boleyn
Europe Explore 642 books about Europe