Power of a Woman. Memoirs of a turbulent life: Eleanor of Aquitaine

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Power of a Woman. Eleanor..., 2007 - France - 398 pages
The feminine spirit soars in Power of a Woman as Eleanor of Aquitaine, toughest of medieval women, relates her memoirs: of caring and loyalties, triumphs and trials; of her marriages to two warring kings, Louis VII of France, then Henry II of England. She speaks intimately, emotionally of her "too many quarreling sons," including Richard the Lionheart and John, of Magna Carta fame. A patron of troubadours, Eleanor commissions poetry as propaganda. She regales her readers with intrigues, crusades and tales of ruthless diplomacy against barons, kings, popes and Thomas Becket, while confessing her loves, her hopes for her many children, and their fates.
 

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As entertaining and interesting as the premise of this biographical novel by Mr. Fripp seemed, I couldn't get past the first 25 pages - the author warns that Eleanor, dictating her memoirs to a lady ... Read full review

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The Royal Road from Aquitaine 11221137
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Oh Paris would that you were Poitiers 11371141
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Trouble at Bourges fire and the sword assail Champagne 11411144
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Crusade 11441147
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Ambush flood ambush again 11471148
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Antioch of precious memory Spring 1148
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Jerusalem a pause in time 11481149
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In peril on the sea 1149
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A WOMAN ALONE
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Poitiers and the court of Ladies 11681173
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Feeding the hungry falcons 11711173
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Mars conquers Venus Banished to England 11731174
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Henry settles accounts Castle checks queen king prevails 1174
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Sundry trials and injuries 11771179
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Philip and Louis waxing and waning 11791180
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The past was nobler than today 1182
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Rescued from the sea from Louis no escape 11491150
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Fond thoughts on Fontevrault
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Annulled fifteen years and one marriage 11511152
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DESTINED FOR ENGLAND
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Of marriage and love estates far apart 11521153
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An interregnum at Angers 11531154
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I Aleänor by the wrath of God queen of the English 11541155
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Enter a rival Thomas Becket 1155
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Splendor the subtle servant of diplomacy 1158
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Toulouse and other turmoils 11591160
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Theobalds death rings out the old 11611162
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From love to hate a bridge soon crossed 11621164
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Escape pursuit rebuke 1164
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Becket blast and counterblast 11651166
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A brief digression on Fair Rosamond 11651176
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A parting of two ways 1167
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Towards an endgame bishop versus king 11691170
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Murder in the cathedral 1170
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The nearer in blood the bloodier Conflict from Caen to Limoges 11821183
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The survivors play the game again 1186
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A welltimed diversion Crusade 11831188
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Knight takes king 1189
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A new yoke and new burdens for England 11891190
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Curious diversions in Sicily 11901191
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Strife transposed to Palestine 11911192
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Queen Aleänor the bastion of empire 11911194
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A settling of scores 11941195
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Is there justice in heaven? 11961199
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Birth marriages and deaths 1199
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Isabella plays Helen the Angevins play Troy 12001202
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Faltering fading light 12031204
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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ENDNOTES
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