940 History of Europe

Completed: July 2018

Classification: 945.704

Title: Joanna: The Notorious Queen of Naples, Jerusalem and Sicily OR The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem and Sicily

Author: Nancy Goldstone


“Italy fourteenth century – Amid intrigue, betrayal, and conspiracy, Joanna I of Sicily became the only female monarch of her day to rule in her own name, and one of the most courageous women in history. Married for political advantage at the age of seven to her six-year-old Hungarian cousin, Joanna saw her brilliant, cultivated world shattered twelve years later by the brutal assassination of her husband. Accused of the murder by her powerful in-laws, Joanna was forced to flee her kingdom and stand trial for her life before the papal court at Avignon on March 15, 1348. The account of how, despite her youth and sex, she triumphed over her enemies, raised an army, and took back her realm makes for one of the most compelling sagas of any age.

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