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Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady (The New Middle Ages)
These twenty-one chapters by scholars in various fields provide a fresh context for understanding Eleanor of Aquitaine's multi-faceted career and reputation. Her fame (and infamy) still fascinates us. She is a pivotal figure in the history of the twelfth century because of her lordly inheritance as well as the eminence--and political and diplomatic scope--of her marital ra ...more
Paperback, 506 pages
Published June 15th 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published September 20th 2002)
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http://nhw.livejournal.com/71238.html[return][return]Eleanor of Aquitaine is perhaps the most fascinating character of the 12th century; first married at thirteen, she divorced King Louis VII of France to marry the future King Henry II or England. I've written briefly about my relationship with Eleanor before (doing my M Phil back in 1991 I discovered a medieval horoscope apparently cast for her exact date of birth, 14 December 1123, which is otherwise unrecorded). She's also a direct ancestor o ...more
This is a different sort of book to be assigned for a class, because it has chapters written by different people. And some of the chapters seem to be for scholars instead of students. But several chapters were awesome and not only because of what I learned about the queen but also to understand her world and women. I especially liked the chapters that compared Eleanor to others because then I learned more about her time and what made her different. The DeAragon chapter was helpful for that, also ...more
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