Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings

ISBN-10: 0674242548

ISBN-13: 9780674242548

Edition: 1950

Authors: Amy Kelly

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The story of that amazingly influential and still somewhat mysterious woman, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has the dramatic interest of a novel. She was at the very center of the rich culture and clashing politics of the twelfth century. Richest marriage prize of the Middle Ages, she was Queen of France as the wife of Louis VII, and went with him on the exciting and disastrous Second Crusade. Inspiration of troubadours and trouvres, she played a large part in rendering fashionable the Courts of Love and in establishing the whole courtly tradition of medieval times. Divorced from Louis, she married Henry Plantagenet, who became Henry II of England. Her resources and resourcefulness helped Henry win his throne, she was involved in the conflict over Thomas Becket, and, after Henry's death, she handled the affairs of the Angevin empire with a sagacity that brought her the trust and confidence of popes and kings and emperors. Having been first a Capet and then a Plantagenet, Queen Eleanor was the central figure in the bitter rivalry between those houses for the control of their continental domains--a rivalry that excited the whole period: after Henry's death, her sons, Richard Coeur-de-Lion and John "Lackland" (of Magna Charta fame), fiercely pursued the feud up to and even beyond the end of the century. But the dynastic struggle of the period was accompanied by other stirrings: the intellectual revolt, the struggle between church and state, the secularization of literature and other arts, the rise of the distinctive urban culture of the great cities. Eleanor was concerned with all the movements, closely connected with all the personages; and she knew every city from London and Paris to Byzantium, Jerusalem, and Rome. Miss Kelly's story of the queen's long life--the first modern biography brings together more authentic information about her than has ever been assembled before and reveals in Eleanor a greatness of vision, an intelligence, and a political sagacity that have been missed by those who have dwelt on her caprice and frivolity. It also brings to life the whole period in whose every aspect Eleanor and her four kings were so intimately and influentially involved. Miss Kelly tells Eleanor's absorbing story as it has long waited to be told--with verve and style and a sense of the quality of life in those times, and yet with a scrupulous care for the historic facts.
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 1950
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 444
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.30" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Amy Kelly was formerly Associate Professor at Wellesley College.

The Rich Dower
O Paris!
Via Crucis
Fear the Greeks
Antioch the Glorious
Jerusalem
The Queen and the Duke
The Countess and the Poet
The Second Crown
Forging the Empire
King and Archbishop
Becket in Exile
Montmirail and Canterbury
The Flower of the World
The Court of Poitiers
Henry and His Sons
Sedition
Poor Prisoner
The Christmas Court
War Was in His Heart
Henry Revokes His Lands
The Fallen Elm of Gisors
The Lion Heart Is King
The Sicilian Interlude
Things Done Overseas
Shipwreck and Disguise
Eleanor Queen of England
The Ransom
Captive and Betrayer
The Treasure of Chacirc;lus
Lackland's Portion
Blanche and Isabella
Mirebeau
The Hope of Brittany
The Queen Goes Home
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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