Queen Eleanor: Independent Spirit of the Medieval World

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 183 pages
Accused of being a demon by those who could not tolerate her independence, Eleanor of Aquitaine made her mark as one of the most dynamic and extraordinary figures of the Middle Ages. Born in 1122, Eleanor refused to be confined by the traditional gender roles of her time. She became well educated, gaining political and governing know-how from her father, William X, duke of Aquitaine, and armed herself with the skills necessary to become an influential queen-first of France, and later, England. With an impact that reached beyond politics, Eleanor shaped the future of the arts and humanities. And in a time when women were viewed as inferior to men, the virtues of chivalry and courtly love were born. Once described by a contemporary as "a woman beyond compare," Eleanor of Aquitaine is a figure who will remain controversial, powerful, and enchanting in the twenty-first century.
 

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Eleanor of Aquitaine for the Nancy Drew set. Looking for a quick read in my daughter's bookshelves, I spotted this and had a look. The first thing I noticed was that it was suitable for "ages 11 and ... Read full review

Has definite anti-Christian slant

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I have not read all of this book. I will be looking for another one that doesn't have an anti Christian bias. Unfortunately this is the only one on Eleanor I can find on a lot of homeschool sites and catalogs so I will be researching others to buy. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Duchess and the Prince
7
King and Queen
18
Crusade
31
Eleanor and the Duke
51
Waiting for the Crown
63
The Second Crown
72
Murder in the Cathedral
82
Prisoner
121
Eleanor and Richard
131
The Ransom
141
Eleanor and John
152
Eleanors Last Adventure
159
Authors Note
167
A Chronology of Her Life
168
For Further Reading
171

Betrayed
96
Courts of Love
101
Rebellion
113

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Polly Schoyer Brooks lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, where she enjoys her four children, ten grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

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