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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Alison Weir spends a lot of time in this book discusses common legends and misconceptions surrounding Eleanor, which was interesting for me because I hadn’t heard any of them before. Refresh and try again. A Tudor Queen and Her World.

The analysis is presented in a subtle manner. What a contribution that would be, not only to our culture but also to our understanding of history.

Alas, Henry’s virtues all curdled in his beastly clutch of legitimate sons – vainglorious arse Henry the Young King, brutal Richard, the truly horrible Aquitiane think lesser Shakespearean malcontentand John, who was just an all-round prick.

With astonishing aison detail, mesmerizing pageantry, and irresistible accounts of royal scandal and intrigue, she recreates not only a remarkable personality but a aison past era.

She originally married the King of France, and even joined him on a Crusade, then abandoned him for the King of England. Mother of Richard the Lionheart and King John, she lived for eighty two years. Eleanor of Aquitaine, by Alison Weir. The fragments of information we have do not give us a whole picture, so I have had to infer my conclusions from what is available.

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LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. She does fill in a lot of background about medieval daily life, both for peasants and royalty, in addition to providing a balanced portrait of her subject, one of the most famous women in medieval Europe.


Certainly, one gets the impression that Henry never altogether lost his affection for Eleanor, as also he could never entirely hate Thomas a Becket, despite the archbishopric turning the latter into a terrible prig who, incidentally, during his dispute with his King went out of his way to ensure rapists got off as lightly as possible. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. In fact, as each project draws to a close, I begin to get almost mournful.

Did you ever find yourself becoming frustrated by her? Dec 05, 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. But Weir does a good job of touching base with the reader and saying basically the historical record does not show where Eleanor was at this time or what she was doing, but we can surmise I would love to research all our women rulers all the way back, and not just the women And there are echoes of the rest of the myth in his inner circle: We are experiencing technical difficulties.

When Richard was taken hostage while returning from his Crusade, she repeatedly had a go at the Pope for his lack of intercession and somehow managed to raise the ridiculous ransom demanded bleeding the country dry, yet again and secured her son’s return. This huge bank of material lay forgotten for years until a reader wrote begging o to write a book on Eleanor. He looks directly at her face,long and hard, but she will not respond.

So Weir primarily relies on contemporary accounts by sometimes-petty, often gossipy, intermittently reliable monks and priests—the only literate members of this society.


Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir

Which probably leaves you in no doubt as to where I stand on such issues! Interesting, and probably really 3.

Her insistence on accompanying him on crusade resulted in months of hardship and privation, and political and personal disaster. But it is not a biography of Eleanor. She was queen of France until the King divorced her, and went on to become queen of England and mother of Richard the Lionheart and King John, backing three of her unruly sons when they declared war on their father, her husband.

Even when at her most powerful and effective as a personage, it’s the other, male actors who are running around fighting and redrawing the map every month or so.

Acute psychological insight combined with rigorous research has produced a rounded and satisfying picture of an extraordinary woman. How have past historians dealt with them? History is about people and that’s what’s being ignored. I think the book would have benefited from being a bit more opinionated, and the book stays too distant from the subject.

Even today, lovers still leave flowers there.

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As Alison Weir shows in her excellent biography, the Queen and Henry were, in their early years at least, passionate lovers in a royal world of arranged and loveless marriages. She was locked up for years as a result, re-emerging at a fabulous age to become virtual ruler of England. Immediately dropping her own affairs, she went to London and prevailed upon the Bishop to revoke the interdict.