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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on his death John would receive three continental castles — Chinon, Loudun,
and Mirebeau — and some estates in the English midlands, all of which had
hitherto been assigned to the Young King. Despite his fury, young Henry was
forced to ...
It was during this week that the Young King spoke out publicly against his fathers
refusal to delegate power to him and his brothers, and against Henry's decision
to assign to his brother John the castles and lands that were rightly his.
England while his brothers were allowed their independence, and his suspicion
that the King — who had allowed Richard and Geoffrey to pay homage to him
before he permitted the Young King to do so — intended to exclude him from the
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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