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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By 1144, when the capital city of Rouen fell, Geoffrey had conquered most of
Normandy, and in January that year he was invested with the ducal crown in
Rouen Castle. The following year, Geoffrey's overlord, Louis VII, acknowledged
him as ...
Frederick Barbarossa had sent the imperial chancellor, Reinald of Dassel,
Archbishop of Cologne, to Rouen to arrange the terms of the treaty. While Henry
negotiated in Rouen, Eleanor remained at Winchester,22 although not as regent.
Longchamp, meanwhile, made his way to Rouen, demanding as chancellor of
England — an office of which only King Richard could deprive him — and as
papal legate to see the Queen and lay his grievances before her. This put
Eleanor in a ...
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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