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The historical personages include Eleanor of Aquitaine whose several marriages brought her wealth and autonomy; the virtuous Héloïse; and the visionary recluse Juette. Duby also studies the literary figures of St. Marie-Madeleine, a composite figure who personified the essential female traits of frailty, ardent love, and evangelicalism; Iseut, literary beloved of Tristan; and two other emblematic figures, Dorée d'Amour and Phénix—women who became ladies through chivalrous love.
Provocative, informative, and entertaining, this book offers new insight on courtly love and the representations of women under medieval patriarchy.
Posted July 8, 2002
I had this book ordered for the sole purpose of reading more about Eleanor of Aquitaine, and as of yet, her chapter is the only one I have read. For those of you who love history and, like me, are a fan of Eleanor, this book chapter, offers a different perspective of Eleanor's history, one that is not always favourable but definitely interesting to all those who fancy seeing historical events from a different light.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.