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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Unmarried women who indulged in fornication devalued themselves on the
marriage market. In England, women who were sexually experienced were not
permitted to accuse men of rape in the King's courts. Female adultery was seen
as a ...
Although they discussed the planned invasion of England, the Duke's priority was
now marriage with Eleanor, and he took counsel of his vassals, seeking their
approval of the match. Having obtained this, he set his affairs in order and left
Henry's friend Hugh of Avalon had always held that the King's marriage to
Eleanor was adulterous and therefore invalid, and had warned that no good
issue would come of it.13 There were indeed good grounds for an annulment:
Henry 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