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... show more
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.
Publish date: April 3rd 2001
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
My interest in Eleanor of Aquitaine stems from She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth, since Eleanor is one of the women focused on in that book.
What a roller coaster! This a great biography. I still have to mull over the list of sources, but it is wonderful to be able to outline this extraordinary life from 900 years ago. They were murdering thieving bastards and we must never forget that their descendants are still exploiting us today. How...
mp3Blurbification Alison Weir brings all the colour and ever present dangers of Eleanor's world to life. The result is fresh and thoughtful perspective on the energetic eighty-two years of the life of a determined and ambitious woman living with sexism, excesses and violence of a society in which th...