Eleanor of Aquitaine: Medieval Queen

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2006 Hard cover Good. No dust jacket. Ex) Library Copy. Moderate wear on DJ/Interior Pages. Usual library markings. (childrens) (K2) Library binding. Paper over boards. 192 p. ... Contains: Illustrations. European Queens. Audience: Children/juvenile. Read more Show Less

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Children's Literature - Mary Loftus
The drama of a royal family makes for good reading, no matter what the century. Eleanor lived in an era when a woman was meant to know her place, but this "headstrong girl" was not content to play a supporting role. Eleanor's father saw that she was educated in a wide range of subjects and knowledgeable about politics. At fourteen she was married to the future king of France, and according to this biography she was a more capable leader. However, Eleanor had to work behind the scenes, many times correcting the mismanagement and poor decisions of Louis VIII. Her life included a crusade to the Holy Land, two husbands, nine children, and sixteen years of imprisonment in her later life. Well-written, with color pictures throughout, this book would make a good resource for a student researching medieval queens. Her story is so interesting, readers looking for specific information may find themselves reading the book cover to cover. Includes the usual nonfiction addendums: a time line, sources, a bibliography, related web sites, and an index.
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Gr 7 Up-This biography begins promisingly with a delineation of Eleanor's character and a clear setting of the scene (both in time and place). However, by the midway point, the text turns into a sometimes confusing recitation of events. There are numerous errors, misspellings, and omissions; the maps are woefully inadequate (two antique reproductions are impossible to decipher, while the one modern map is incomplete). The same 19th-century, romanticized portrait of Eleanor appears twice in the book as well as on the cover. Sapet repeatedly uses Catholic terminology without definition (Virgin Mary, abbot, cardinals, martyr, mass, atone, penance, papal decree, defrocked). No teen biography of Eleanor to date can compare with Polly Schoyer Brooks's superbly written Queen Eleanor: Independent Spirit of the Medieval World (Houghton, 1999).-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931798907
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Pub
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: European Queens Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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