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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In the twelfth century, the county of Poitou and the duchies of Aquitaine and
Gascony covered a vast region in the southwest of what is now France,
encompassing all the land between the River Loire in the north and the Pyrenees
in the south, ...
Aquitanian laws, laid down in the years before the Church increased its influence
in the ducal domains, were generally favourable to women, ensuring that their
status in the duchy was higher than elsewhere in feudal Europe. Women could ...
This may have been because he knew that she was opposed to his choice of the
Lord Henry, rather than the Lord Richard, as her heir to the duchy of Aquitaine.
Henry was already designated the heir to England, Anjou, and Normandy, while
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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