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Gristwood, Sarah

Works: 45 works in 189 publications in 4 languages and 6,053 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Fiction  Historical fiction  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Diaries  Biographical fiction  Biography 
Roles: Author, Creator, Other, Editor
Classifications: DA250, 942.0409252
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Sarah Gristwood
Blood sisters : the women behind the Wars of the Roses by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A historian describes the drama and family feuding within the Plantagenets, England's fifteenth-century ruling family, from the perspective of the mothers, wives and daughters who wove a web of loyalty and betrayal that ultimately gave way to the Tudors
Game of queens : the women who made sixteenth-century Europe by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

23 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 1,101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sixteenth-century Europe saw an explosion of female rule. From Isabella of Castile and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, to Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth Tudor, women wielded enormous power over their territories for more than a hundred years. In the sixteenth century, as in our own, the phenomenon of the powerful woman offered challenges and opportunities. Opportunities, as when in 1529 Margaret of Austria and Louise of Savoy negotiated the "Ladies' peace" of Cambrai. Challenges, as when both Mary Queen of Scots and her kinswoman Elizabeth I came close to being destroyed by sexual scandal. A fascinating group biography of some of the most beloved (and reviled) queens in history, Game of Queens tells the story of the powerful women who drove European history"--
Elizabeth & Leicester by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume explores England's Queen Elisabeth's attachment to her beloved Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. Fueled by scandal and intrigue, their relationship was questionable in sixteenth-century England. Soon after Elizabeth became queen she scandalized the royal court with her passionate obsession with the married Robert Dudley. When Dudley's wife mysteriously died two years later, there was rampant speculation that Elizabeth and Dudley would marry. Instead, over the next decades they formed a working partnership and an intimate bond of mutual dependence. Robert advised Elizabeth, serving as her counselor, unofficial consort, and army commander. He guarded her sickbed and represented her on state occasions. But despite her devotion, Elizabeth humiliated him, made him act as a go-between with her other suitors, and tried to imprison him when he finally remarried
Arbella : England's lost queen by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on letters written by England's "Lost Queen," this portrait describes the niece to Mary Queen of Scots and cousin to Elizabeth I who became a pawn in the power struggles of her age and tried unsuccessfully to flee her fate, dying a tragic death in the tower of London
Fabulous frocks by Jane Eastoe( Book )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2019 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No item of clothing has endured for longer than the dress. Yet the last century alone has seen the most radical changes of style--hemlines swinging from ankle to thigh, outlines alternating between the body-hugging and the bell--and our fascination with the frock has not gone away. From Gres' draping to Dior's New Look, from Mary Quant's mini to Hussein Chalayan's mechanical marvels, this book looks at the dress in 20th-century fashion. Thematic chapters--Changes, Feminine, Sex, Must-Haves, Fantasy, Classical, and Art--set out the inspirations and implications for each new change alongside the stunning photography.--From publisher description
The story of Beatrix Potter by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and Japanese and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To this day, Beatrix Potter's tales delight children and grown-ups around the world. But few people realise how extraordinary her own story is. She was a woman of contradictions. A sheltered Victorian daughter who grew into an astute modern businesswoman. A talented artist who became a scientific expert. A famous author who gave it all up to become a farmer. In The Story of Beatrix Potter, Sarah Gristwood follows the twists and turns of Beatrix Potter's life and its key turning points including her tragically brief first engagement and happy second marriage late in life. She traces the creation of Beatrix's most famous characters including the naughty Peter Rabbit, confused Jemima Puddleduck and cheeky Squirrel Nutkin revealing how she drew on her unusual childhood pets and locations in her beloved Lake District. She explores too, the last 30 years of Potter's life, when she abandoned books to become a working farmer and a pioneering conservationist, whose work with the National Trust helped to save thousands of acres of the Lake District a legacy that, like her books, continues to enrich our lives today
The girl in the mirror by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Het als jongen vermomde dochtertje van Franse Hugenoten komt in 1597 in Engeland in dienst van een minister en raakt daar betrokken bij een gunsteling van koningin Elizabeth I
Breakfast at Tiffany's : the official 50th anniversary companion by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a behind-the-scenes look at the motion picture with facsimilies of the shooting script and a section on costumes
Perdita : royal mistress, writer, romantic by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few women's lives have described such an arc as that of Mary Robinson. She began her career as an actress, went on to become a royal mistress, and ended it just two decades later as a Romantic poet and early feminist thinker of note. Lauded in portraits by Reynolds and Gainsborough, she was lampooned in print and cartoon." "Born in the late 1750s, Mary married at fifteen, only to discover that her husband was little better than a conman. A spell in debtor's prison behind her, she took to the stage under the auspices of Garrick and Sheridan. According to her own memoirs, she was still a comparative innocent when the seventeen-year-old Prince of Wales saw her in The Winter's Tale, and fell wildly in love. But others saw a more lurid story. To contemporaries, Mary - now the notorious Perdita - was one of the most successful courtesans of the day." "In an age of satire and scandal sheets, Mary had become a celebrity. But her new life, while glamorous, was not easy. Plagued by debt, she was struck down by paralysis before she was thirty. It was only then that Mary Robinson reinvented herself as a writer, bestselling novelist, pamphleteer, and a close friend to Mary Wollstonecraft and to Coleridge, with whom she entered into an exchange of poetry." "This book explores Georgian England during a period of extreme political upheaval through the life of one extraordinary woman."--Jacket
Vita & Virginia by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

7 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A double biography of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, their friendship and love affair. Virginia Woolf is one of the world's most famous writers - a leading light of literary modernism and feminism - and a British icon. During the 1920s she had a passionate affair with a fellow author, Vita Sackville-West, and they remained friends until Virginia's death in 1941. The hero of Virginia's novel Orlando was modeled on Vita and the book has been described as 'one of the longest and most charming love letters in history'. That's on top of the more than 500 letters they wrote to each other. Vita & Virginia is the extraordinary account of the work, friendship and love affair of two prolific novelists, who came to redefine conventions of femininity, sexuality, art and politics for the modern world. The cultural legacies of these formidable women, enduring icons of sexual equality and female emancipation, proliferate around us today - in fashion and television, film and literature. In this scrupulously researched examination of the pair's long friendship, the National Trust draws on their poetry and treasured correspondence to tell the story of this thoroughly modern affair. Both novelists have become closely associated with the National Trust. Vita is most famous today as the co-creator of Sissinghurst, one of the most influential and visited gardens in the world, while Monk's House, Virginia's retreat and inspiration, was a celebrated haunt of the Bloomsbury Group, that influential set of artists, thinkers and writers who lived in squares and loved in triangles
Elizabeth : the Queen and the crown by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

4 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An internationally admired figure Queen Elizabeth II is the most high-profile monarch in the world, and her enduring popularity is tantamount to her wide-ranging supporters. Spanning from 1927 to present day, Elizabeth reveals the details of Britain's longest-reigning monarch's extraordinary life. Sarah Gristwood follows the twists and turns of the Elizabeth Windsor's life and its key turning points - including her teenage years during the war, meeting and marrying the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip Mountbatten, and her ascension to the throne in 1952. Split into chapters each covering 30 years, we plot the extraordinary events in the Queen's life alongside the everyday duties of her role as monarch. Later chapters Being Queen and Change and Celebration outline what it means to be Queen, her pastoral work and official duties, and finally examines the Queen's Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Wedding and what is to come next for the royal family. This will be the most up-to-date biography of the Queen available, illustrated with archival photography that make it as beautiful to own as enjoyable to read
Recording angels : the secret world of women's diaries by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blood sisters : the true story behind the White Queen by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of the women who gave birth to the Tudor dynasty. It is a fiery history of queens, the perils of power and of how the Wars of the Roses were ended - not by knights in battle, but the sinewy political skills of women
Blood Sisters by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The events of the Wars of the Roses are usually described in terms of men involved; Richard, Duke of York, Henry VI, Edward IV and Henry VII. The reality though, argues Sarah Gristwood, was quite different
The Queen and crown by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Churchill : an extraordinary life by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

2 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winston Churchill is one of the best-known and most revered figures of our time, the man who led Britain through its 'darkest hour'. The last year alone has seen two feature films of his life. Many books have been published about his life and work, but very few have looked at his life through the prism of the house he occupied for over 40 years. Chartwell is as fundamental to understanding Churchill as Hill Top is to Beatrix Potter. This Elizabethan manor - cared for by the National Trust today - was his inspiration, his refuge and his obsession. He had to rebuild the property almost from scratch after he bought it in 1922, spending money he could ill afford. Later he built a wall around the garden and several buildings by hand. `A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted,' he once said. The book's introduction features a special section telling Churchill's life through ten special and unusual objects at Chartwell. Featuring many rarely seen photographs, one previously unpublished, this beautifully illustrated book has an incisive text by respected biographer Sarah Gristwood. She traces every phase of his life - rebellious child, brave adventurer, political outcast, inspirational leader - always circling back to Chartwell, just as the great man himself did
The breakfast at Tiffany's companion by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elizabeth & Leicester by Sarah Gristwood( Recording )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few relationships fire our imagination like that of Elizabeth I and her "bonnie sweet Robin"--The Earl of Leicester, Robert Dudley. But not in almost half a century has there been a book dedicated to exploring and disentangling the emotive, often contradictory facts about their lifelong love. Rather than retelling a story we already know, Gristwood seeks to untangle the myths and stories that surround this fabled partnership. Elizabeth & Leicester is a portrait of two people who forged their age; of a relationship where, unusually, a woman held all the power; of an edgy yet enduring love that still stirs us today
QUEEN'S MARY by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who would have thought it? That captivity could be liberty? That service could be freedom? In 1548 four little girls, all called Mary, set sail from Scotland for France. Five years old, they are already primed for the work of their lifetime - to serve another little girl called Mary. Mary, Queen of Scots. Thirteen years later, the five return to an unwelcoming Scotland, and as Queen Mary struggles to take control of her turbulent country, her famous ‘Four Marys’ are at her side. The queen finds herself set on the path of violence and disaster which will lead eventually to her tragic end. But what of the other four Marys, bound inexorably to their mistress’ fate? Of the four, it is Mary Seton who serves the queen longest, and whose loyalty is most severely tested. Through a maze of shadows - of treachery and even witchcraft - how can she find her own way ahead?
Churchill : an illustrated biography by Sarah Gristwood( Book )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Elizabeth & Leicester
Arbella : England's lost queenFabulous frocksThe girl in the mirrorBreakfast at Tiffany's : the official 50th anniversary companionPerdita : royal mistress, writer, romanticThe breakfast at Tiffany's companion
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