GOOD QUEEN ANNE
Author Judith Lissauer Cromwell talks with Big Blend Radio about her latest book “Good Queen Anne: Appraising the Life and Reign of the Last Stuart Monarch.”
Queen Anne was not charismatic, brilliant, or beautiful, yet England rose from the chaos of regicide, civil war and revolution to the cusp of global supremacy under her rule. In “Good Queen Anne: Appraising the Life and Reign of the Last Stuart Monarch,” author Judith Lissauer Cromwell re-examines the three-centuries-old portrait of Queen Anne as told by her dearest friend and deadliest enemy Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough.
Anne Stuart was raised in a court notorious for immorality and intrigue, happily married a handsome prince, experienced plots galore and a secret midnight flight, and suffered persecution and ill-health all by the age of thirty-seven. Gout-ridden and prematurely aged by seventeen pregnancies that failed to provide her nation with an heir, Anne began her reign by committing to a long and costly overseas war against Europe’s superpower while maintaining peace during political conflict at home.
As the author of two previous historical biographies about complex and famous women, Dorothea Lieven and Florence Nightingale, Judith Lissauer Cromwell is qualified to meet the challenge and tell the true story of Queen Anne that posterity has lost. Her examination of archives, primary sources, and material on Anne’s contemporaries reveals Anne as a resolute and multi-faceted woman who rose above adversity to become an effective and beloved queen.
Judith Lissauer Cromwell spent a successful corporate career on Wall Street before returning to academia as an independent historian and biographer of powerful women. Her experiences as a magna cum laude graduate of Smith College, holder of a doctorate in modern European history with academic distinction from New York University, veteran of corporate America, and single mother enrich Cromwell’s perspective on strong women in history. She previously published “Dorothea Lieven: A Russian Princess in London and Paris 1785-1857” and “Florence Nightingale, Feminist,” and now turns to tell the real story of Queen Anne. Visit her at https://www.judithcromwell.com/