Eleanor Of Aquitaine

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Author: Marion Meade
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1474603319
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Eleanor Of Aquitaine by Marion Meade

Original Title: Eleanor Of Aquitaine

A comprehensive account of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. The wife of King Louis VII of France and then of King Henry II of England, and mother to Richard Coeur de Lion and King John, she became the key political figure of the twelfth century. Eleanor's long life inspired a number of legends. At twenty-five she set out for the Holy Land as a Crusader, and at seventy-eight she crossed the Pyrenees to Spain to fetch the granddaughter whose marriage would be, she hoped, a pledge of peace between England and France. This is a compassionate biography of this charismatic queen and the world she ruled over.

Eleanor Of Aquitaine The Mother Queen Of The Middle Ages

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Author: Desmond Seward
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1605987107
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Eleanor Of Aquitaine The Mother Queen Of The Middle Ages by Desmond Seward

Original Title: Eleanor Of Aquitaine The Mother Queen Of The Middle Ages

The story of an ambitious princess and heiress that captures this legendary medieval queen in all of her beauty and political intrigue. “A monstrous injurer of heaven and earth,” as Shakespeare referred to this powerful medieval matriarch, Eleanor of Aquitaine’s reign as England’s stormiest and most ambitious queen has never been matched. As the greatest heiress in Europe, she was in turn Queen of France and Queen of England; among her sons were Richard the Lionheart and King John. A magnificent independent ruler in her own right, she lost her power when she married Louis VII of France. She received neither influence nor fame by her second marriage to King Henry II, who jailed her for fifteen years for conspiring and supporting their son’s claim to the throne. Her husband was succeeded by their son, King Richard the Lionheart, who immediately released his mother from prison. Eleanor then acted as Regent while Richard launched the Third Crusade. Her loveliness and glamour, her throwing-off of the constraints that shackled women of the twelfth century, and her very real gifts as a politician and ruler make Eleanor’s story one of the most colorful of the High Middle Ages.

Power Of A Woman Memoirs Of A Turbulent Life Eleanor Of Aquitaine

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Publisher: Power of a Woman. Eleanor...
ISBN: 0978062167
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Original Title: Power Of A Woman Memoirs Of A Turbulent Life Eleanor Of Aquitaine

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.

Eleanor Of Aquitaine

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Author: David Hilliam
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781404201620
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Eleanor Of Aquitaine by David Hilliam

Original Title: Eleanor Of Aquitaine

For more than sixty years, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine was involved in all the important events in twelfth-century France and England. This wonderful book tells her tale in exquisite detail, from describing the fashionable furs and luxurious clothing she carried with her, to vivid descriptions of the court of medieval France. It recounts the harrowing battles in the Holy Land as well as the true-to-life discussions of Eleanor s many love interests. Filled with hard-to-find images including a photo of the only remaining sculpture of the famous queen this is a fascinating and visually stunning book.

Eleanor Of Aquitaine Courtly Love And The Troubadours

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Author: Ffiona Swabey
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313325236
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Eleanor Of Aquitaine Courtly Love And The Troubadours by Ffiona Swabey

Original Title: Eleanor Of Aquitaine Courtly Love And The Troubadours

The author offers an accessible overview of the vibrant personal and intellectual developments in the medieval court and monasteries during Eleanor of Aquitaine's lifetime. Primary documents, biographical material and thematic chapters bring this unique period to life. Eleanor of Aquitaine lived in a remarkable age. The 12th century saw significant advances in both the intellectual and emotional spheres. Scholars explored new areas of philosophy and science and also began to reflect on relationships and what it meant to be human and an individual. For the troubadours and the writers of the new romances, who composed in vernacular language, the focus of their works was the expression of personal feelings and the image of the feminine. Women had had more significant parts to play in the first millennium than in the second, because with the militarization of Europe and the emergence of universities, from which women were excluded, they lost much of their influence. This created an imbalance in society and it is within this context that Eleanor's life should be reviewed. The period is sometimes called the Twelfth Century Awakening due to the outpouring of extraordinary intellectual inquiry and discovery. Cathedral schools and universities, Islamic influence on European thought, the classical revival, vernacular literature, and Gothic architecture all exerted powerful pulls on the era's culture and politics. Accounts of Eleanor of Aquitaine's life provides a rare glimpse into women's lives during the medieval period, and though an admittedly extraordinary figure, we are able to draw some general conclusions about marriage and motherhood. Troubadours and courtly love, which revolved around declarations of service, devotion, and passion, and an emerging sense of the self. Thematic chapters hit the major topics, laying them out in clear and easy-to-follow writing. Nineteen biographical sketches bring to life the topics, and 15 primary documents, including songs, letters, and poems provide a close-up glimpse of how the people of the time saw their own world. Genealogical tables, maps, chronology, and a timeline provide useful and information quickly. The book concludes with an annotated bibliography and an index.

The Autumn Throne

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Author: Elizabeth Chadwick
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402296851
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The Autumn Throne by Elizabeth Chadwick

Original Title: The Autumn Throne

The Son She Loved. The Betrayal She Faced. The Legend She Became. The stunning conclusion to the Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy Imprisoned by her husband. Separated from her children. If King Henry II thought these things would push his queen into submission, he was wrong. Eleanor of Aquitaine refused to give into his tyranny. Freed by his death, she became dowager Queen of England. But the competition for land and power that Henry bred among his sons had grown into a dangerous rivalry that Eleanor must skillfully control. Eleanor would need every ounce of courage and fortitude as she crossed the Alps in winter to bring her son Richard his bride, ransom him from imprisonment and deal with his brother John's treachery. Her indomitable spirit would be tested to its limits as she attempted to keep the peace between her warring sons, fend off enemies, and negotiate a magnificent future for a chosen granddaughter.

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