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read Eleanor of Aquitaine kindle ☆ Paperback Ð alison weir ↠ Eleanor Duchess of Auitaine was one of the leading personalities of the Middle Ages and also one of the most controversial Having inherited a vast feudal domain stretching from the Loire to the Pyrenees she was one of the greatest heiresses in hiWould be sullied by calumny and misunderstanding Eleanor was no saint She was beautiful intelligent and wilful and in her lifetime there were rumours about her that were not without substance Her contemporaries were sometimes scandalised by her behaviour 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 m I read this book in hardcover when it first came out before giving it to a friend sorry Amy At the time I seem to remember Weir saying in the introduction that it was of a struggle to write this book than her Tudor histories due to the comparative lack and nature of sources she relied chiefly on contemporary chroniclers the richer biographical data of letters diaries etc no longer existing Conseuently I felt it was of a struggle to readNot this time I re read the introduction and perhaps my mind had been playing tricks on me as there was no mention of the above difficulties 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 She's not sueamish or judgmental about incestuous affairs Eleanor's son Richard's possible homosexuality she doesn't think he was as that is something chroniclers would have picked up on at the merest hint or Henry II's involvement in Thomas Becket's murderDefinitely enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone interested in medieval European history without needing a strong background in the subject already

Eleanor of Aquitaine Would be sullied by calumny and misunderstanding Eleanor was no saint She was beautiful intelligent and wilful and in her lifetime there were rumours about her that were not without substance Her contemporaries were sometimes scandalised by her behaviour 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 m I read this book in hardcover when it first came out before giving it to a friend sorry Amy At the time I seem to remember Weir saying in the introduction that it was of a struggle to write this book than her Tudor histories due to the comparative lack and nature of sources she relied chiefly on contemporary chroniclers the richer biographical data of letters diaries etc no longer existing Conseuently I felt it was of a struggle to readNot this time I re read the introduction and perhaps my mind had been playing tricks on me as there was no mention of the above difficulties 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 She's not sueamish or judgmental about incestuous affairs Eleanor's son Richard's possible homosexuality she doesn't think he was as that is something chroniclers would have picked up on at the merest hint or Henry II's involvement in Thomas Becket's murderDefinitely enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone interested in medieval European history without needing a strong background in the subject already

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Eleanor of Aquitaine ´ Eleanor Duchess of Auitaine was one of the leading personalities of the Middle Ages and also one of the most controversial Having inherited a vast feudal domain stretching from the Loire to the Pyrenees she was one of the greatest heiresses in history; yet in her own day she was famous not only for who she was but also for what she did In an age when women were treated as mere chattels she made her own choices wielded power and won widespread respectCircumstances however dictated that her memory 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 I really wasn't that familiar with Eleanor of Auitaine before reading this mostly I just knew that she went on crusade once was Richard the Lionheart's mother and was played by Katherine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter From these three bits of information we can at least deduce that she was kind of a badassHaving finished this account of her life I have to admit that I now know a lot about everyone else in Eleanor's life than I do about Eleanor herself Weir does her best but the fact is there just isn't that much concrete information about Eleanor aside from a few letters which were recorded by her clerk who may have actually composed the letters himself and some documents stating how much money she spent at a certain time or when she traveled to England For the majority of the book Eleanor is sort of kept to the sidelines occasionally coming into the picture when she gets involved with her husband'ssons'relatives' politics Alison Weir is very careful not to take anything for granted and examines all the evidence before making a claim about what Eleanor did at any given time which is a good thing for a historian to do but it also means Eleanor is not actually very present in this biography Which is not to say that it isn't a good biography The Plantagenets were one batshit crazy family and reading about their violent shenanigens is always a good time Just don't go into this book expecting Eleanor to be present on every page entire chapters can go by without mentioning her However when she does make an appearance she is always being awesome because she is Eleanor of Motherfucking Auitaine Take this letter she wrote to the Pope basically tearing him a new one for not helping to free her son Richard after he was captured while on crusadeIs your power derived from God or from men? Did not the God of Gods speak to you through His apostle Peter that whatsoever you bind on Earth shall be bound also in Heaven and whatsoever you loose on Earth shall be loosed also in Heaven? Why then do you so long negligently nay cruelly delay to free my son or is it rather that you do not dare? Perhaps you will say that this power is given to you over souls not bodies so be it I will certainly be satisfied if you bind the souls of those who keep my son bound in prisonIt is your province to release my son unless the fear of God has yielded to a human fear Restore my son to me then O man of God if indeed you are a man of God and not a man of mere blood For know that if you are slow in releasing my son from your hand will the Most High reuire his bloodShe wrote that to the Pope The Pope All I can say to that is damn lady kindle ´ Eleanor of Aquitaine Ù Alison Weir

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Alison Weir Ù Eleanor of Aquitaine epub Other 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 EnglandEleanor 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 woma Alison Weir's biography of Eleanor of Auitaine is thorough and well researched from birth to death There's a lot of dates and names and Weir's style doesn't really make that kind of detail absorbing but there's plenty to interest a patient reader My chief criticism is that Weir presents this as a complete portrait of Eleanor commenting that previous accounts of her life rely too heavily on the actions of her husbands and sons but Weir herself falls into that same pitfall Whole chapters go by in which Henry or Richard or John are the focusStill worth the time I invested I think Eleanor was a fascinating woman and a great ueen amd Weir definitely shows the reader that