Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Legend

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Legend

by D. Owen


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ISBN-13: 9780631201014
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/09/1996
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 7.87(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates.

Map of Plantagenet and French Dominions.

The Family of Eleanor of Aquitaine.



1. Lineage.

2. Life.

3. Legend.

4. Literature.

5. Portrait of a Queen.






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Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Legend 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
waltzmn on LibraryThing 25 days ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.