Queen Eleanor: Independent Spirit of the Medieval World: A Biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine

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Accused of being a demon by those who could not tolerate her independence, Eleanor of Aquitaine made her mark as one of the most dynamic and extraordinary figures of the Middle Ages. Born in 1122, Eleanor refused to be confined by the traditional gender roles of her time. She became well educated, gaining political and governing know-how from her father, William X, duke of Aquitaine, and armed herself with the skills necessary to become an influential queen-first of France, and later, England. With an impact that...

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Overview

Accused of being a demon by those who could not tolerate her independence, Eleanor of Aquitaine made her mark as one of the most dynamic and extraordinary figures of the Middle Ages. Born in 1122, Eleanor refused to be confined by the traditional gender roles of her time. She became well educated, gaining political and governing know-how from her father, William X, duke of Aquitaine, and armed herself with the skills necessary to become an influential queen-first of France, and later, England. With an impact that reached beyond politics, Eleanor shaped the future of the arts and humanities. And in a time when women were viewed as inferior to men, the virtues of chivalry and courtly love were born. Once described by a contemporary as "a woman beyond compare," Eleanor of Aquitaine is a figure who will remain controversial, powerful, and enchanting in the twenty-first century.

A biography of the twelfth-century queen, first of France, then of England, who was the very lively wife of Henry II and mother of several notable sons, including Richard the Lionhearted.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Engrossing biographies chronicle these two legendary historical figures. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) r Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395981399
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 640,838
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Polly Schoyer Brooks lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, where she enjoys her four children, ten grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

Map: France and England in the 12th Century viii
Introduction 1
I The Duchess and the Prince 7
II King and Queen 18
III Crusade 31
IV Eleanor and the Duke 51
V Waiting for the Crown 63
VI The Second Crown 72
VII Murder in the Cathedral 82
VIII Betrayed 96
IX Courts of Love 101
X Rebellion 113
XI Prisoner 121
XII Eleanor and Richard 131
XIII The Ransom 141
XIV Eleanor and John 152
XV Eleanor's Last Adventure 159
Author's Note 167
Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Chronology of Her Life 168
For Further Reading 171
Index 173
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2005

    Great Book!

    I thought that this book was very good. In fact, the author, Polly Brooks, explains the story as if she were there while Queen Eleanor where still reigning over France...And England....And Aquitaine....And Poiters... Anyway, I thought that this was a very good book. I would recommend it to anyone 10 or above. I think the dialect of this book is very well written, and the action scenes as well! I think that everyone should read this who enjoy a book about Action, Adventure, Romance, and Drama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    fascinating heroine

    This book is as engrossing as any fiction. My 8 year old daughter and I both enjoyed it. Eleanor is a delightful role model who learns and gets better with age. In addition to being an entertaining story, it's a good introduction to the history of Europe in the middle ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2002

    Simply Amazing

    This book first fascinated me in Eleanor. It shows how enchanting she was, as a person and Queen. The most beautiful and intelligent of her time she dealt with everyone. From the Pope to Robin Hood , to street beggars. A true look at the character of a majestic Lady.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

    I have read this book 9 times now. It is excellent. It is an indepth biography,but yet the author keeps it interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    This was incredibly boring

    THis book provided the reader with an incredible amount of information. Too bad it was so monotonsly boring that the reader couldnt' retain anything he/she read!!! I think this book was a waste of good ink and paper when something better could have easily be put in it's place!

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