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Children's LiteraturePart of the "Makers of the Middle Ages and Renaissance" series which includes such titles as Chaucer, Dante, and Galileo, this book focuses on the life and political intrigues of Eleanor of Aquitaine. The book begins with the exciting moment of Eleanor's wedding to Duke Henry of Normandy. It tells her childhood and early adult years in flashback, and then moves forward into the impact this marriage had on history. Chapters include various intrigues, both personal and political, and deal in a peripheral way with many important events of the time. There is a short quiz at the end of each chapter so that students can self-test their knowledge. The book is written at a fourth-to-fifth grade reading level with paintings and other illustrations from the time to add interest. Sidebars about such things as Eleanor's Courts of Love in which love problems were answered in song should also be interesting to students. The book contains numerous research tools, such as a chronology, chapter notes, bibliography, ideas for further reading, and an index. These are all written in a simplified and clear style. While Eleanor of Aquitaine may not be one of the most studied individuals of the Middle Ages, this book should fill a void for upper elementary students studying the period. 2006, Chelsea House, Ages 9 to 12.