Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Biography

Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Biography

by Marion Meade
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Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Biography by Marion Meade

"Marion Meade has told the story of Eleanor, wild, devious, from a thoroughly historical but different point of view: a woman's point of view."—Allene Talmey, Vogue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140153385
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1991
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 882,835
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Marion Meade is the author of Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? and Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties. She has also written biographies of Woody Allen, Buster Keaton, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Victoria Woodhull, and Madame Blavatsky, as well as two novels about medieval France.

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Eleanor of Aquitaine 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
But light enough to read for the lay person mildly interested in either European history or women's studies. Sentences like "She [Eleanor]had disappeared as if swallowed up by an extraterrestial invastion party" are undeniably jarring. Often Eleanor disappears from the text for pages at a time, especially in the later half of the book, only to reappear in an tag-on paragraph along the lines of "One can only imagine how Eleanor would have reacted to this" or "Perhaps Eleanor felt [fill in emotion here] at her son's decision." However, it is undeniably fun to read. There are lots of details added to the text, right down to the color of the mule dung (yellow) left behind while Eleanor and Louis Capet rode on the Second Crusade. Wonderfully accessible to someone who doesn't want to plow through a treatise or weighty dissertation, or to someone approaching the 12th century for the first time. There is precious little analysis in this book: just good old fashioned story-telling.
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Eleanor: married to two kings, mother of even more kings and queens. A ruler in her own right before she allied with Kings Louis and Henry (well, it was she who made Henry, Duke of Anjou, into King of England). A feminist. A world traveler. Possessed genius intellect. Patroness of the arts. This book was packed with well-researched and incredibly juicy information about my direct ancestress, Eleanor of Aquitaine. If even one percent of her DNA is contained in mine, I'd be surprised but proud. Eleanor was an incredible human being for any age, much less 900 years ago. The author has brought Eleanor to life from household bookkeeping journals and royal annals, sculpture, an 'analysis' of Eleanor's temperament based on her ancestors and her descendants, and other historical accounts. The book is a history, but it reads almost like a novel. Thanks, Ms. Meade, for your careful research and lively writing style. And thanks to your extensive background on Eleanor's family, I was able to augment my genealogy chart by several generations on both sides of Eleanor's parents! A lovely bonus.