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 need to maintain a military presence to guard the holy places in Palestine
against the Turks and protect pilgrims had brought into being two crusading
orders of knights under monastic vows. These were the Knights of the Order of
When the lord was in residence, however, he would hold court, attend to local
affairs, dispense justice, and oversee administration. Knights, who fought on
horseback, belonged to the lower ranks of the military elite, and often found
warfare a ...
On the afternoon of 29 December, the four knights confronted Becket in his study
at Canterbury, making all kinds of wild accusations against him and threatening
him with dire punishment if he did not leave England.58 "Stop your threats and ...
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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