World History Biographies: Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Queen Who Rode Off to Battle

World History Biographies: Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Queen Who Rode Off to Battle

by Ann Kramer
     
 

In medieval times, Eleanor of Aquitaine broke the mold for women. This remarkable woman lived life on her own terms, ultimately becoming queen of France and England.

We first encounter the infant Eleanor, born into the ruling family of the Duchy of Aquitaine, in 1122. She grows into a lively and intelligent young girl, and quickly learns the arts of diplomacy and

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In medieval times, Eleanor of Aquitaine broke the mold for women. This remarkable woman lived life on her own terms, ultimately becoming queen of France and England.

We first encounter the infant Eleanor, born into the ruling family of the Duchy of Aquitaine, in 1122. She grows into a lively and intelligent young girl, and quickly learns the arts of diplomacy and power brokering.

Eleanor marries the young Prince Louis, and becomes Queen of France while still a teenager. She accompanies her husband's ill-fated Second Crusade to win back the Holy Land, but returns demanding a divorce, a bold move for a medieval woman.

Her second marriage, to Henry, Duke of Normandy, leads to Eleanor's coronation as Queen of England in 1154. Contrary to her reign in France, she learns to wield power at the English court, and forges strong alliances to establish a lasting dynasty.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792258964
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
09/12/2006
Series:
National Geographic World History Biographies Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Ann Kramer has worked as an author and editor for more than 30 years. She is the author of Mandela, also in the World History Biographies series. She lives in Sussex, England.

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