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Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir
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Mar 30, 2013

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bookshelves: history, non-fiction
Read from March 27 to 29, 2013

Alison Weir's biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine 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 focus.

Still, worth the time I invested, I think. Eleanor was a fascinating woman and a great queen, amd Weir definitely shows the reader that.
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