Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life
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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lations, and prelates, among them the Counts of Chatellerault and Angouleme,
Geoffrey de Rancon, the Bishops of Poitiers and Saintes, and the Archbishop of
Bordeaux, who had kept a watchful eye on the affairs of Aquitaine during the ...
On 13 October both king and archbishop were present in Westminster Abbey
when the body of St. Edward the Confessor was translated to a new shrine. It is
likely that Eleanor and her children were also present at this ceremony.
From the first he seems to have taken Eleanor into his confidence and relied on
her cooperation. There was only one obstacle, and that was Becket. Traditionally,
it was the prerogative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to crown the sovereign, ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing
Despite the title, this isn’t really a biography about Eleanor of Aquitaine, because for much of the time she’s a background figure. The focus is on the men in her life. “Eleanor of Aquitaine & Her ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryCin - LibraryThing
Eleanor of Aquitaine lived in the 12th century. She was initially wed to King Louis VII of France, but when they only produced daughters, they went their separate ways and Eleanor then married King ... Read full review