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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It was taken for granted that the crown would pass from one member of the ruling
family to another, but despite the efforts of Henry II, the law of primogeniture —
succession of the first-born — was not properly established until the thirteenth ...
Some towns and cities were communes, which meant that they had secured the
right to self-government by elected aldermen, often in the face of opposition from
kings like Henry II, who disapproved of towns being independent from the crown.
more than a formal crown-wearing, which is what some modern historians
believe it was; the triannual ceremony of crown-wearing had in any case fallen
into disuse for forty years. The Queen proudly watched the proceedings from a
dais in ...
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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