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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The peace terms were as follows: the Lord Henry was to pay homage to the
French King for Anjou and Maine and also for Brittany, which his younger brother
Geoffrey would hold as his vassal, while the Lord Richard was to pay homage to
Count Humbert designated John his heir and gave the King four well-fortified
castles.1 Raymond of Toulouse, having finally conceded Eleanor's ancestral
claim to Toulouse, was at Limoges to pay homage to Henry and his sons and ...
... commanded her vassals to receive him peacefully and do him homage.38 It is
likely that she had made up her mind to do this before paying homage to Philip in
June, and there was nothing that Philip, having accepted that homage, could do ...
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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