Queen Eleanor Independent Spirit of the Medieval World

ISBN-10: 0395981395

ISBN-13: 9780395981399

Edition: 1999

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Description: Accused of being a demon by those who could not tolerate her independence, Eleanor of Aquitaine made her mark as one of the most dynamic and extraordinary figures of the Middle Ages. Born in 1122, Eleanor refused to be confined by the traditional gender roles of her time. She became well educated, gaining political and governing know-how from her father, William X, duke of Aquitaine, and armed herself with the skills necessary to become an influential queen-first of France, and later, England. With an impact that reached beyond politics, Eleanor shaped the future of the arts and humanities. And in a time when women were viewed as inferior to men, the virtues of chivalry and courtly love were born. Once described by a contemporary as "a woman beyond compare," Eleanor of Aquitaine is a figure who will remain controversial, powerful, and enchanting in the twenty-first century.

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Book details

List price: $8.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/25/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Polly Schoyer Brooks lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, where she enjoys her four children, ten grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Map: France and England in the 12th Century
Introduction
The Duchess and the Prince
King and Queen
Crusade
Eleanor and the Duke
Waiting for the Crown
The Second Crown
Murder in the Cathedral
Betrayed
Courts of Love
Rebellion
Prisoner
Eleanor and Richard
The Ransom
Eleanor and John
Eleanor's Last Adventure
Author's Note
Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Chronology of Her Life
For Further Reading
Index
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