Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life

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Ballantine Books, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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Renowned in her time for being the most beautiful woman in Europe, the wife of two kings and mother of three, Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the great heroines of the Middle Ages. At a time when women were regarded as little more than chattel, Eleanor managed to defy convention as she exercised power in the political sphere and crucial influence over her husbands and sons. In this beautifully written biography, Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of this truly exceptional woman, and provides new insights into her intimate world. Eleanor of Aquitaine lived a long life of many contrasts, of splendor and desolation, power and peril, and in this stunning narrative, Weir captures the woman-- and the queen--in all her glory. With astonishing historic detail, mesmerizing pageantry, and irresistible accounts of royal scandal and intrigue, she recreates not only a remarkable personality but a magnificent past era.

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Excellent, well researched, book. - Goodreads
This book is non-fiction but very easy to read! - Goodreads
Alison Weir is by far the best non-fiction writer ever! - Goodreads
A well researched book. - Goodreads
But the level of scholarship and detail is astounding. - Goodreads
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Alison Weir is no expert on the period or the person of Eleanor. She writes biographies on any royal who has received a great deal of historical attention from a range of eras.

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What a fascinating read, rarely are woman the focus of history and thankfully Alison Weir is helping to break that. As she says there are not many surviving documents about her so it regularly turns ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Alison Weir is the author of Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Princes in the Tower, The Wars of the Roses, The Children of Henry VIII, and The Life of Elizabeth I. She lives outside London with her husband and two children.

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