|Plot Summary of The Stuart Princesses|
|"This book follows the lives of six princesses of the House of Stuart who lived in England and Europe during the war and peace of the 17th century. The first was Elizabeth, daughter of King James VI and I of England and Scotland, who became the ‘Winter Queen' of Bohemia all too briefly, until she and her husband were driven out of their kingdom after defeat in the Thirty Years' War.
Of the daughters of her brother King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria, Mary left England when still young to go to Holland and marry the Prince of Orange. He died while she was expecting their first child, a baby who later became King William III. Elizabeth fell into the hands of the parliamentary party during the English Civil War and died of fever after being held prisoner for several years. The youngest, Henrietta Anne, was smuggled out of England disguised as a boy, brought up at the French court, and married the brother of King Louis XIV of France.
The last two Stuart princesses, Mary and Anne, the daughters of King James II. Mary married her cousin King William III, and both became joint English sovereigns, to be succeeded by Anne as Queen, but both sisters suffered poor health, and neither left any surviving children to inherit the throne.
John Van der Kiste, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Stuart Princesses|
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Period of greatest activity?
- ancient times
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- Eastern Europe
- Fancy Mansion
- 17th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
Is this a biography of several people?
- A lot 11-15 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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