Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir
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Renowned in her time for being the most beautiful woman in Europe, the wife of two kings and mother of three, Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the great heroines of the Middle Ages. At a time when women were regarded as little more than chattel, Eleanor managed to defy convention as she exercised power in the political sphere and crucial influence over her husbands and sons. In this beautifully written biography, Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of this truly exceptional woman, and provides new insights into her intimate world. Eleanor of Aquitaine lived a long life of many contrasts, of splendor and desolation, power and peril, and in this stunning narrative, Weir captures the woman— and the queen—in all her glory. With astonishing historic detail, mesmerizing pageantry, and irresistible accounts of royal scandal and intrigue, she recreates not only a remarkable personality but a magnificent past era.
 

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ALISON WEIR is the New York Times bestselling author of many historical biographies, including Mary Boleyn, The Lady in the Tower, Mistress of the Monarchy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and of the novels Captive Queen, Innocent Traitor, and The Lady Elizabeth. She lives in Surrey, England, with her husband.






























Author Residence: Surrey, England
 
Published December 5, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 441 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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It’s hard to make the 12th century—the time of the violent forging of European nationhood, the literary invention of courtly love, and names like Dangerosa and the Lord of Cognac—boring, but biographer/genealogist Weir (The Life of Elizabeth I, 1998) gives it the old Oxford try.

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As delicately textured as a 12th-century tapestry, royal biographer Weir's (The Life of Elizabeth I, etc.) newest book is exhilarating in its color, ambition and human warmth. The author exhibits a br

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As delicately textured as a 12th-century tapestry, royal biographer Weir's (The Life of Elizabeth I, etc.) newest book is exhilarating in its color, ambition and human warmth. The author exhibits a br

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When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, Henry chooses Beckett to succeed him: “I want an archbishop who is on my side, and prepared to work with me, not against me, Henry declared.” This decision is arrived at quickly --- perhaps too quickly and without fully understanding the consequences.

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Austin Chronicle

This isn't Weir's first dance with Eleanor – she detailed her life in 2001's nonfiction Eleanor of Aquitaine – and Weir recently rehabbed Anne Boleyn in The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn.

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