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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19 He remained in a foul mood throughout Christmas Day, and on the 26th, "
giving way to unbridled passion more than became a king, he took an
unbecoming and pitiful kind of revenge by banishing all the Archbishop's
relatives out of ...
The month of November found Henry and his Brabantine mercenaries south of
Chinon, bearing down on Raoul de Faye's castle at Faye-le-Vineuse, which they
took after a short siege. Raoul, however, evaded Henry, being still in Paris.
The route they took to their rendezvous with Richard is not known for certain —
the chroniclers' accounts vary — but probably took them north to Mont- pellier,
then over the Alps and across the plains of Lombardy in northern Italy. By Advent
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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