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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Louis was at his hunting lodge at Bethizy, north of Paris, when he learned of
Duke William's death and received his last requests. He was so ecstatic at the
prospect of marrying his son to Eleanor of Aquitaine, and thereby acquiring the
The headstrong Eleanor thought it was equally natural for Louis to seek advice
from her. What she lacked in judgement she more than compensated for in
enthusiasm and impetuosity, and many older people at court looked on in alarm
as it ...
After Bernard had left, Louis was visibly shaken and once more overwhelmed by
guilt.7 The horror he had felt at Vitry returned in full ... The effect of these changes
on Eleanor is not recorded, nor do we know how she dealt with Louis's guilt.
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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