Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 5, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
In this beautifully written biography, Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of a truly exceptional woman and provides new insights into her intimate world. 

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.

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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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


A Note on Names and Spellings
Opulent Aquitaine
A Model of Virtue
Counsel of the Devil
To Jerusalem
A Righteous Annulment
A Happy Issue
All the Business of the Kingdom
Poor Prisoner
Shame Shame on a Conquered King
The Eagle Shall Rejoice in Her Third Nesting
The Admiration of Her Age
The Devil Is Loosed
The Staff of My Old Age
The Most Reverend Eleanor
The Brood of the Wicked Shall Not Thrive

Eleanor by the Grace of God Queen of England
The King Has Wrought a Miracle
Conjectures Which Grow Day by Day
The Holy Martyr
The Cubs Shall Awake
Beware of Your Wife and Sons
A Candle Goeth Out
Notes on the Chief Sources
A Readers Guide

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Alison Weir is the author of Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Princes in the Tower, The Wars of the Roses, The Children of Henry VIII, and The Life of Elizabeth I. She lives outside London with her husband and two children.

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