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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1 8. Chroniques des comtes d'Anjou. 19. Ibid. 20. William of Conches,
Dragmaticon, dedicated to Geoffrey of Anjou. 21. Giraldus Cambrensis. 22. The
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. 23. Walter Map. 24. Ibid. 25. Ibid. 26. Ibid. 27. Giraldus
Henry of Huntingdon. 30. Ibid. 3 1 . Walter Map. 32. His reign would not officially
begin until the day of his coronation. Until then he would be styled dominus, or
the Lord Henry. As was customary in early mediaeval times, his regnal years ...
1 8. Ibid. 19. Ralph of Diceto; the date is sometimes given erroneously as 24 May.
20. A few twelfth-century chroniclers refer to him as Henry III. 21. William of
Canterbury; Matthew Paris. 22. L'Histoire de Guillaume le Marechale. 23. Walter
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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