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Eleanor of Aquitaine - The Young Life

Eleanor of Aquitaine - The Young Life

by Mark Richard Beaulieu
Eleanor of Aquitaine - The Young Life

Eleanor of Aquitaine - The Young Life

by Mark Richard Beaulieu



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In The Young Life, Mark Richard Beaulieu has revealed the rich world of young Eleanor of Aquitaine (Alienor d'Aquitaine 1124-1204), who would twice become a queen – to Louis as Queen of France, and to Henry as Queen of England. This historical fiction weaves the never told story of young Alienor. Freshly told, exploration, romance, and hard stories of striving young men and women fill this first volume of an epic series bound to delight readers of every age.

In a land that is unusually prosperous, the Aquitaine is surrounded by envious lords. Wealth affords what is nonexistent in medieval Europe – children are allowed to play, receive education, and experience toleration for faith, art, and science. At the unique Fontevrault Abbey, started by Alienor's family, men and women live in balance. At the abbey-school girls alongside boys learn the medieval skills of invention, poetic song, falconing, bird messaging, 'dictonic' speech, and rational thought. Encouraged to have curious minds, her young friends become attracted to what authorities will oppose: Alienor's pursuit of a personal code centered on love – not what everyone commonly understands as love, but her idea and practice of it. She astounds convention. How she comes to terms with the many forces of her age becomes her code, leading her to become one of the most powerful and enigmatic women of the middle ages.

Living in the shadow of a favored younger brother, Alienor adventures into the backwoods and rivers with new friends, until she makes the terrible discovery that a friend's innocent father is thrown into a dungeon for a secret court of inquisition. It is the beginning of her story, and the Aquitaine, indeed the world, will never be the same.

The Young Life is a story of origins, of a girl coming of age who disregards privilege and brings her values into a brutal world. The origins of modern justice, governance, romance and legal power is told by young knights, troubadours, counselors, priests, slaves, and a girl named Alienor.

Through the young eyes of Alienor and her friends, the book develops strong characters, rich humor and deep honesty as they face the irrationality of adult medieval attitudes toward life, knowledge, gender, faith, and love. Beginning with high-spirited mischief in the backroads and rivers of post-Roman Aquitaine France, the young explorers move beyond their adventures. With Alienor's wealth and heart, they realize together they can change the world. And they do – but a medieval world tolerates only so much.

In development fourteen years and based on the latest scholarly research, these stories significantly update earlier fictions, and answers how did Eleanor of Aquitaine become herself? Each character comes across challenges that many a young person faces and resolves them in original ways – leading to the creation of the Eleanor Code.

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BN ID: 2940015495904
Publisher: Beaulieu Studios
Publication date: 10/22/2012
Series: The Eleanor Code , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 316
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Mark Richard Beaulieu is an expert on the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. He is an accomplished author, collected painter, award-winning photographer, and innovative software technologist. Trained as a studio artist he holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California at Davis, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

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