Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings

Author: Amy Kelly

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674242548

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 431

View: 4837


An account of Queen Eleanor which describes her dramatic life as a queen, her marriages, and her contributions to that period

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Author: Ralph V. Turner

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300159897

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 2256


Eleanor of Aquitaine’s extraordinary life seems more likely to be found in the pages of fiction. Proud daughter of a distinguished French dynasty, she married the king of France, Louis VII, then the king of England, Henry II, and gave birth to two sons who rose to take the English throne—Richard the Lionheart and John. Renowned for her beauty, hungry for power, headstrong, and unconventional, Eleanor traveled on crusades, acted as regent for Henry II and later for Richard, incited rebellion, endured a fifteen-year imprisonment, and as an elderly widow still wielded political power with energy and enthusiasm. This gripping biography is the definitive account of the most important queen of the Middle Ages. Ralph Turner, a leading historian of the twelfth century, strips away the myths that have accumulated around Eleanor—the “black legend” of her sexual appetite, for example—and challenges the accounts that relegate her to the shadows of the kings she married and bore. Turner focuses on a wealth of primary sources, including a collection of Eleanor’s own documents not previously accessible to scholars, and portrays a woman who sought control of her own destiny in the face of forceful resistance. A queen of unparalleled appeal, Eleanor of Aquitaine retains her power to fascinate even 800 years after her death.

The Life and Times of Eleanor of Aquitaine

Author: Earle Rice Jr.

Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1612288782

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 452


Acclaimed as the most beautiful woman of her time, Eleanor of Aquitaine (c.1122–1204) uniquely shaped 12th-century Europe. As the wife of two kings and the mother of three others, her beauty, grace, style, and intellect captivated a continent. At a time when men regarded women as little more than personal property to be owned and exploited, Eleanor threw off the shackles of male dominance and scribed an indelible mark on the history of France and England. As France’s queen, Eleanor accompanied Louis VII on the Second Crusade to the Holy Land and championed a burgeoning feminist movement. After divorcing Louis, she married Henry II of England. Her marriage to Henry upset the balance of power in Europe and led to 300 years of warfare before its restoration. Perhaps best remembered as a symbol of courtly love, Eleanor of Aquitaine also continues to personify the proud image of emancipated womanhood.

Eleanor Of Aquitaine

Author: Alison Weir

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446449025

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 9507


Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine was one of the leading personalities of the Middle Ages and also one of the most controversial. She was beautiful, intelligent and wilful, and in her lifetime there were rumours about her that were not without substance. She had been reared in a relaxed and licentious court where the arts of the troubadours flourished, and was even said to have presided over the fabled Courts of Love. Eleanor married in turn Louis VII of France and Henry II of England, and was the mother of Richard the Lionheart and King John. She lived to be 82, but it was only in old age that she triumphed over the adversities and tragedies of her earlier years and became virtual ruler of England. Eleanor has exerted a fascination over writers and biographers for 800 years, but the prevailing myths and legends that attach to her name still tend to obscure the truth. By careful research, Alison Weir has produced a vivid biography with a fresh and provocative perspective on this extraordinary woman.

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Author: Marion Meade

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101173939

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 4534


"Marion Meade has told the story of Eleanor, wild, devious, from a thoroughly historical but different point of view: a woman's point of view."—Allene Talmey, Vogue.

The World of Eleanor of Aquitaine

Author: Senior Lecturer in Medieval History Marcus Bull

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 9781843831143

Category: History

Page: 189

View: 6378


A revisionist approach to Eleanor of Aquitaine and the political, social, cultural and religious world in which she lived.

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Author: David Hilliam

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781404201620

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 3999


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

Author: Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438104162

Category: Eleanor

Page: 164

View: 3314


In addition to being queen consort of both Louis VII of France and Henry II of England, she was also the mother of Richard I the Lion-Heart and John of England.

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Author: Alison Weir

Publisher: Ballantine Reader's Circle

ISBN: 9780345434876

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 441

View: 6094


A biography of one of the most influential women of the Middle Ages discusses her marriages to Louis VII of France and Henry II of England, and her later efforts to secure the throne of England for her sons.

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Author: Jean Flori

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 397

View: 4709


The extraordinary life of Eleanor of Aquitaine (1124-1204) still fascinates and intrigues historians today. Jean Flori attempts to write the full story of the queen who was determined, in spite of the huge moral, social, political and religious pressures bearing down upon her, to take charge of her own life in all its aspects.