Daughters of Edward I by Kathryn Warner

Daughters of Edward I by Kathryn Warner* is an interesting book, well worth reading. The amount of details Warner could find out in her research is pretty impressive considering that all these women lived in mid 13th century, so there are very few records still surviving today. The book covers all of Edward I’s children, and also grandchildren, but the focus is on his daughters. Edward I married Leonor of Castile in 1254 when he was a teenager. They had 14 children, but it is possible that they had a couple more that were not recorded properly. From these 14 children, only 6 survived into childhood and while Edward II’s reign is known, not much is widely known about his sisters.

Daughters of Edward I by Kathryn Warner

The book tells the story, as it is known, of Eleanor, Joan, Margaret, Mary, and Elizabeth. Their lives were so different, but it is interesting to see that they had power too. Joan married her second husband without her father’s consent. All of them seemed close, although they had a fallout with their brother Edward. The one that I would love to read more is Mary, she took the veil as a nun, but had the most exciting life. She was often at court and her family had to cover debts for various reasons, including for significant quantities of wine.

The life of their children is also described, including marriage arrangements. This is why I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5, at points is too much information and it is a bit difficult to follow. I would have preferred longer chapters, on each daughter instead of the linear timeline. Either option has its advantages and disadvantages, of course. I did enjoy the book overall and I would recommend it without any doubt.

Daughters of Edward I by Kathryn Warner

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My rating: 4/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Pen & Sword History
Year it was published: 2021
Format: Hardback
Genre(s): History – Medieval
Pages: 248

About the author: Kathryn Warner holds a BA and an MA with Distinction in medieval history and literature from the University of Manchester, and is the author of biographies about Edward II and his queen Isabella. Kathryn has had work published in the English Historical Review, has given a paper at the International Medieval Congress, and appeared in a BBC documentary.
Website & Social Media Links: Pen and Sword

*I was sent a copy of Daughters of Edward I by Kathryn Warner for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

3 thoughts on “Daughters of Edward I by Kathryn Warner”

  • Fascinating subject. I only read fiction about Edward I and knew his poor wife had to go through so many pregnancies. Sometimes authors want to cram as much as possible of the reasearch they did, as they find it so engrossing, forgetting that not everyone is as enthusiastic. 🙂

    • It’s pretty incredible how many things can be determined from things like bookkeeper’s ledgers and invoices.

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