Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady

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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 rank as queen, first of France and then of England. Some essays in this collection reassess the often fragmentary historical information about her life, while others investigate her reputation in later literary and historical contexts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230602366
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Series: New Middle Ages Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 540
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Wheeler is Director of the Medieval Studies Program at Southern Methodist University. She edits the journal Arthuriana as well as Palgrave’s New Middle Ages series.

John C. Parsons is the author of Eleanor of Castile and co-editor of Capetian Women.
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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Prologue: Lady and Lord: Eleanor of Aquitaine
Ch. 1 Eleanor of Aquitaine Reconsidered: The Woman and Her Seasons 1
Ch. 2 Queen Eleanor and Aquitaine, 1137-1189 55
Ch. 3 Eleanor of Aquitaine in the Governments of Her Sons Richard and John 77
Ch. 4 Wife, Widow, and Mother: Some Comparisons between Eleanor of Aquitaine and Noblewoman of the Anglo-Norman and Angevin World 97
Ch. 5 Alianora Regina Anglorum: Eleanor of Aquitaine and Her Anglo-Norman Predecessors as Queens of England 115
Ch. 6 Queenship: Office, Custom, or Ad Hoc? The Case of Queen Matilda III of England (1135-1152) 133
Ch. 7 The Birth and Childhood of King John: Some Revisions 159
Ch. 8 A Taste of the Feast: Reconsidering Eleanor of Aquitaine's Female Descendants 177
Ch. 9 The Canon Law of Divorce in the Mid-Twelfth Century: Louis VII c. Eleanor of Aquitaine 213
Ch. 10 Eleanor's Divorce from Louis VII: The Uses of Consanguinity 223
Ch. 11 The Reciprocal Loyalty of Eleanor of Aquitaine and William Marshal 237
Ch. 12 Scandalizing Desire: Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Chroniclers 247
Ch. 13 Damned If She Didn't and Damned When She Did: Bodies, Babies, and Bastards in the Lives of Two Queens of France 265
Ch. 14 Tempering Scandal: Eleanor of Aquitaine and Benoit de Sainte-Maure's Roman de Troie 301
Ch. 15 What Ever Happened to Eleanor? Reflections of Eleanor of Aquitaine in Wace's Roman de Brut and Lawman's Brut 319
Ch. 16 Marie de France, Alienor d'Aquitaine, and the Alien Queen 337
Ch. 17 The Eleanor of Aquitaine Vase 369
Ch. 18 The Queen's Choice: Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Tombs at Fontevraud 377
Ch. 19 Fontevraud, Dynasticism, and Eleanor of Aquitaine 407
Epilogue: Eleanor of Aquitaine and a "Queenly Court"? 423
Contribution 441
Bibliography 447
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