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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Suger advised that the decision therefore be postponed until Louis could
summon a full council of his barons and bishops. It was arranged that this should
take place at the end of March at Vezelay in Burgundy. Suger thought that might
be the ...
Early in 1158, Constance of Castile had borne Louis VII a daughter, Marguerite,
prompting her husband to complain about "the frightening superfluity of his
daughters."^ During his progress, Henry conceived the idea of marrying
Marguerite to ...
and Louis's daughter must take place without delay. Louis's consent was implicit
in the marriage contract, so there was no need to consult him beforehand. All the
King needed was the Church's special dispensation for the marriage of two ...
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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