Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Mother Queen of the Middle Ages

Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Mother Queen of the Middle Ages

by Desmond Seward

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Overview

The story of an ambitious princess and heiress that captures this legendary medieval queen in all of her beauty and political intrigue.


“A monstrous injurer of heaven and earth,” as Shakespeare referred to this powerful medieval matriarch, Eleanor of Aquitaine’s reign as England’s stormiest and most ambitious queen has never been matched.

As the greatest heiress in Europe, she was in turn Queen of France and Queen of England; among her sons were Richard the Lionheart and King John. A magnificent independent ruler in her own right, she lost her power when she married Louis VII of France. She received neither influence nor fame by her second marriage to King Henry II, who jailed her for fifteen years for conspiring and supporting their son’s claim to the throne. Her husband was succeeded by their son, King Richard the Lionheart, who immediately released his mother from prison. Eleanor then acted as Regent while Richard launched the Third Crusade.

Her loveliness and glamour, her throwing-off of the constraints that shackled women of the twelfth century, and her very real gifts as a politician and ruler make Eleanor’s story one of the most colorful of the High Middle Ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605988979
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 11/16/2015
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 789,707
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at Cambridge. He is the author of Richard III, The Last White Rose,The Demon's Brood,and The Warrior King and the Invasion of France. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

1 Aquitaine and the Troubadours 11

2 Queen of France 25

3 The Crusader 39

4 The Divorce 55

5 Duchess of Normandy 67

6 Queen of England 77

7 The Angevin Empress 91

8 The Court at Poitiers 105

9 Eleanor's Sons 115

10 Eleanor's Revolt 125

11 The Lost Years 135

12 Queen Mother 149

13 The Regent 163

14 Richard's Return 185

15 Fontevrault 195

16 The Death of Richard 205

17 King John 217

18 The Grandmother of Europe 229

19 The Murder of Arthur 239

20 The End of the Angevin Empire 249

Selected Bibliography 257

Index 261

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Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Mother Queen of the Middle Ages 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
eg546 More than 1 year ago
The thrilling saga of Eleanor of Aquitaine's life is given an honorable examination by Desmond Seward. The sources used are reliable, many of which are contemporary to the subject. The examination of people and events affected indirectly by Eleanor are also discussed in good detail, giving a full picture of this intelligent, beautiful woman's achievements and effects on events and those around her. It's also not complicated by too many references, is a smooth, quick read that gives great detail without overwhelming the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enlightening and easy to read