This fascinating new biography tells the story of one of the most influential figures of the twelfth century, Eleanor of Aquitaine, successively queen of France and of England. In tracing her life story Professor Owen reassesses her political importance during the reigns of her husband Henry II and her sons, Richard the Lionheart and John, and aims to separate the true historical Eleanor from the Eleanor of legend.
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Table of ContentsList of Plates.
Map of Plantagenet and French Dominions.
The Family of Eleanor of Aquitaine.
5. Portrait of a Queen.
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Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Legend based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I have read four "biographies" of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Only one of them deserves the term. It's this one. Owen looks carefully at the known facts of a noteworthy woman's history, and he looks at the folklore -- and he does not confuse them. Eleanor was a fascinating woman at a time when women had little power, and he shows how that influenced her actions -- and how it caused the chroniclers (all men) to savage her. It's a good read, not overlaid with legend or gossip, and it also appears highly accurate.
I have read four self-proclaimed biographies of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Only one -- this one -- is an actual biography. It is not a collection of gossip, nor does it turn her into a twentieth century woman trapped in the twelfth century. It mentions all the myriad legends about her -- but gives them no credibility unless there is some sort of reliable source to sustain them. The result is relatively short -- half the length of some of the fully biographies. But it's all useful information. It isn't a brilliant work, stylistically, but it's readable. And you can trust it. Considering the abominable qualities of the competition, that should be all the recommendation it needs.