Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Queen Who Rode Off to Battle (World History Biographies Series)

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In medieval times, Eleanor of Aquitaine broke the mold for women. This remarkable woman lived life on her own terms, ultimately becoming queen of France and England.

We first encounter the infant Eleanor, born into the ruling family of the Duchy of Aquitaine, in 1122. She grows into a lively and intelligent young girl, and quickly learns the arts of diplomacy and power brokering.

Eleanor marries the young Prince Louis, and becomes Queen of ...

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Overview

In medieval times, Eleanor of Aquitaine broke the mold for women. This remarkable woman lived life on her own terms, ultimately becoming queen of France and England.

We first encounter the infant Eleanor, born into the ruling family of the Duchy of Aquitaine, in 1122. She grows into a lively and intelligent young girl, and quickly learns the arts of diplomacy and power brokering.

Eleanor marries the young Prince Louis, and becomes Queen of France while still a teenager. She accompanies her husband's ill-fated Second Crusade to win back the Holy Land, but returns demanding a divorce, a bold move for a medieval woman.

Her second marriage, to Henry, Duke of Normandy, leads to Eleanor's coronation as Queen of England in 1154. Contrary to her reign in France, she learns to wield power at the English court, and forges strong alliances to establish a lasting dynasty.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lois Parker-Hennion
It is no surprise that this publisher would create a series that offers a visual feast that also is also rich with vital information that will be useful for student reports. A time line along the bottom of most pages puts the life of its subject into historical context. Each page includes colorful illustrations or maps, and many illustrations are photos of artifacts or paintings from the period. A glossary, index, and a bibliography that includes Web sites enhance the usefulness of the books in this series, which is designed for middle and high school students. Eleanor of Aquitaine describes the life of this powerful woman from her privileged childhood to her death at the age of eighty-two. She served as a teenage queen and Christian crusader, was married twice, and had eight children. But the most interesting events in Eleanor's life revolved around the political alliances and betrayals that would at times bring her either power or imprisonment. Two-page spreads with general information about various topics such as medievel society, the crusades, courtly love, and women in the church provide further insight into the era. This series would be a good resource for school reports and projects. Other books profile the lives of Michelangelo, Alexander, Hatshepsut, Gandhi, Elizabeth I, Galileo, Mandela, Leonardo Da Vinci, Marie Curie, Saladin, and Marco Polo. There is a lot of information packaged beautifully into brief books.
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
This biography from birth to death of a feisty queen of the Middle Ages is made accessible by the many divisions of the text and the colorful reproductions of artwork. Each chapter has an overview in bold type, a more detailed account, extra facts in boxes, and a time line across the bottom of the page. Four divisions of the book mark basic changes in her life: childhood, queen of France, queen of England, prisoner, and stateswoman. In her teens Eleanor was married to Louis, who became king of France. She had two daughters, went on a crusade with Louis, and later divorced him. She then married Henry, who became king of England. They had three daughters and five sons. With her support, her three oldest sons led a rebellion against Henry, which led to her imprisonment. When her son Richard became king in Henry's stead, Eleanor was freed to continue with her ambitions of state. There is a long glossary, bibliography, and an index. This attractive reference book will be a joy for girls who want to report on this strong minded medieval woman.
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Meet the Author

Ann Kramer has worked as an author and editor for more than 30 years. She is the author of Mandela, also in the World History Biographies series. She lives in Sussex, England.

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