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 return, she would persuade Louis to make peace with Theobald of
Champagne and recognise Pierre de la Chatre as Archbishop of Bourges.
Bernard was appalled at her brazen candour. In his opinion, these affairs were
no business of a ...
Although he had a younger son,26 an exhausted and demoralised King Stephen
lost the will to fight on, and the mediators seized this opportunity to bring about a
peaceful settlement. In November Stephen was persuaded to meet Henry at ...
He was also obliged to surrender to the King the castles of Edinburgh, Stirling,
Roxburgh, Jedburgh, and Berwick.*7 "Looking out for their own peace and quiet,"
Louis and Philip of Flanders "did all they could to heal the breach between the ...
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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