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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Among Henry's other known bastards was William, later nicknamed "Longsword,"
a name used in the tenth century by one of the dukes of Normandy. William's date
of birth is unknown — he is not mentioned in the records until 1188 — as is ...
The later Norman kings had added a range of royal apartments, a great hall, a
kitchen, and a chapel dedicated to St. Edward the Confessor. Around 1166-1170,
Henry II ordered that Windsor Castle be rebuilt in stone. The work took several ...
Although he disliked war and had no time for tournaments, he displayed on
occasion talent and even brilliance as a military commander, but was all too often
fatally dilatory, a failing that later earned him the nickname "John Softsword." He
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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