The captivating story of four unforgettable sisters and their glamorous mother, Elizabeth Stuart, granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots Elizabeth Stuart's life was transformed when her father, James I, ascended to the illustrious throne of England. Her marriage to a German count far below her rank was arranged with the understanding that James would help her husband achieve the crown of Bohemia. Her father's terrible betrayal of this promise would ruin "the Winter Queen," as Elizabeth would forever be known, imperil the lives of those she loved, and launch a war that would last thirty years. Forced into exile, the Winter Queen and her growing family found refuge in Holland, where the glorious art and culture of the Dutch Golden Age formed the backdrop to her daughters' education. The eldest, Princess Elizabeth, counted the preeminent philosopher Rene Descartes as her closest friend. Louise Hollandine, whose lively manner and appealing looks would provoke heartache and scandal, was a gifted artist. Henrietta Maria, the beauty of the family, would achieve the dynastic ambition of marrying into royalty, although at great cost. But it would be the youngest, Sophia, a heroine in the tradition of Jane Austen, whose ready wit and good-natured common sense masked immense strength of character, who would fulfill the promise of her great-grandmother Mary, a legacy which endures to this day.
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"The descendants of Mary, Queen of Scots are brought to life with Laura Kirman's highly enjoyable narration of Goldstone's absorbing new history. Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, was the granddaughter of the doomed Queen Mary and daughter of King James I of England. Elizabeth married Frederick V, who briefly reigned as the King of Bohemia. The marriage--a happy one--produced 12 children, including four remarkable daughters, each of whom distinguished herself in traditionally male vocations: mathematics, painting, and writing, presaging great trends of the Enlightenment. Though the listener is at a slight disadvantage without a printed genealogy of this intricate family, the dramatic and labyrinthine politics of seventeenth-century European royalty are easily understood, thanks to Kirman's well-modulated and expressive performance. D.G.P. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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