Famous Women in my Family TreeSomething a little different for the new year. Many of you know that I have been busy working on my genealogy. Over the past few years I've enjoyed reading biographies of some of the famous women that I've discovered in my family tree, and I'm starting the year out with a biography of Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots (partially because there is a new movie out about her). Therefore, thought I'd also share a few of the books on famous women from my family tree that I've read and think worth spending some time with.
Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy
My 3rd cousin 13x removed was Queen of Scots from 1542 (when she was 6 days old) until she was executed in 1567 by Queen Elizabeth I, my 2nd cousin 14x removed. This is the book that the current film "Mary, Queen of Scots" is based on. The movie is worth seeing (even though it takes some artistic license with the historical facts.
Not as frivolous as the title sounds. My 4th cousin 9x removed, Maria Antonia von Habsburg (1755-1793) - better know in history as Marie Antoinette - developed her reputation for fashionable excess, and Weber explains the political controversies that her clothing provoked. As queen, Marie Antoinette used stunning, often extreme costumes to project an image of power and wage war against her enemies. Gradually, however, she began to lose her hold on the French when she started to adopt "unqueenly" outfits (the provocative chemise) that, surprisingly, would be adopted by the revolutionaries who executed her.
Joan by Anne R. Bailey (Forgotten Women of History Series)
This is the story of Joan de Geneville (1286-1356), my 21st great grandmother and wife of one of England's most infamous traitor, Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March. After the deal of her father in 1292, Joan became one of the greatest English heiresses of her generation. In a time when eomen were subservient, she was raised by her mother to command and became a formidable women in her own right.