Margaret of Navarre, Queen of Sicily, was one of the most important women of the twelfth
century, acting as regent during a pivotal phase in her kingdom's history. Her life and times
make for the compelling story of a wife, sister, mother and leader. This is the first biography
of the great-granddaughter of El Cid and friend of Thomas Becket who could govern a nation
and inspire millions.
In Margaret's story sisterhood is just the beginning. The Basque princess who rose to confront
unimagined adversity became the epitome of medieval womanhood in a world dominated by
men, governing one of the wealthiest, most powerful - and most socially complex - states of
Europe and the Mediterranean.
This book is the result of original, scholarly research, yet its narrative is lively and interesting.
In addition to its main text, the volume presents maps, genealogical tables and numerous
photographs, reflecting information gathered by the author in Italy, Spain and England (and
even in the United States).