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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Although he permitted Louis to continue his studies at Saint-Denis, he insisted
that the boy learn statecraft by assisting his father in government, and also that he
receive instruction in knightly skills. If the King had hoped by these strategies to ...
It has been suggested that Eleanor had devised it, but it is unlikely she could
have done so without the assistance and approval of King Louis. His son's
escape confirmed Henry's worst fears. In Paris the Young King and King Louis
Giraldus Cambrensis was not surprised, however, and believed that Eleanor's
conduct was inspired by God to punish the King for having entered into an
incestuous marriage. On the advice of King Louis, the Young King and his
brothers had ...
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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
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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