Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 5, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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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Contents

A Note on Names and Spellings
May 1152 1 OpulentAquitaine
Conjectures Which Grow Dayby Day
The Cubs ShallAwake
Poor Prisoner
Shame Shame on a Conquered King
The Eagle ShallRejoice in Her Third Nesting
Notes on theChief Sources Bibliography
Genealogical Tables
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

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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