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 26 May, less than a week after her wedding, the Duchess visited Montierneuf
Abbey, where, styling herself "Eleanor, by the grace of God, Duchess of Aquitaine
and Normandy, united with the Duke of Normandy, Henry of Anjou," she ...
... 263 Mildenhall, Suffolk, 254 Milford Haven, Wales, 191 Millezais, Abbey of,
Poitou, 37 Milo, Abbot of Le Pin, 311 Minstrel of Rheims, 65, 88, 280, 345
Mirebeau, Anjou, 195, 332-334 Mitadolus, 25 Moiuskes, Philip, 406 Molineaux,
Joffire, 51 Rye, Sussex, 297 Sabroz, John (see Gurdun, Bertram de) Safadin,
brother of Saladin, 272 St. Albans, Abbey and Town of, 292, 297, 35' St.
Bartholomew's Church and Hospital, London, 112 St. George, Chapel of,
Limmasol, 266 St.
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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