Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine

A Life

Book - 2001
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2001, c1999.
Edition: First American trade pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780345434876
0345434870
Branch Call Number: 942 .031 092 Elean
Characteristics: xxi, 441 pages : illustrations, maps.

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eloisatown
Feb 15, 2020

Weir does an excellent job of capturing an enigmatic woman and leader. She provides details that bring Queen Isabella back to life as a person who had both strengths and weaknesses. This is a long book, but it's well paced and interesting, so it isn't boring to read! If you enjoy learning about 15th century Spain and the woman the kicked off exploration into the New World, this is the book for you!

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ChandlerFamily
Mar 13, 2014

The description appears to be for a different book.

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AWBurnaby
Aug 12, 2012

This is a great book, and the minute I got it I could not put it down. I like the way the author presents the facts about Eleanor's life, very detailed and professional. A true hitorian's work.

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