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Finally, Field's discussion of the piety of both Blanche of Castille and Isabelle herself is very insightful, both in his recognition of the paradoxes both women embodied and in his deft characterization of Isabelle's piety as "a studied simplicity" (128).
It also includes women not yet sanctified as belonging to recent and heroic history of France, such as Joan of Arc, Blanche of Castille, and others.
Inaccuracies and stereotypes abound; for example, Servadio seems to consider several aspects of the lives of women at this time as novel innovations unheard of before, from the use of makeup (common since at least Roman times) to the exercise of political power by women (powerful medieval queens Eleanor of Aquitaine and Blanche of Castille spring immediately to mind).