Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Mother Queen of the Middle Ages

Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Mother Queen of the Middle Ages

The dramatic tale of an formidable princess, heiress, and ruler, Eleanor of Aquitaine captures the nature of this archetypal medieval queen in all of her good looks and political intrigue

“A big injurer of heaven and earth,” as Shakespeare stated this strong medieval matriarch, Eleanor of Aquitaine’s reign as England’s stormiest and such a lot formidable queen hasn't ever been matched.

As the best heiress in Europe, she used to be in flip Queen of France and Queen of britain; between her sons have been Richard the Lionheart and King John. an impressive autonomous ruler in her personal correct, she misplaced her strength whilst she married Louis VII of France. She obtained neither effect nor reputation through her moment marriage to King Henry II, who jailed her for fifteen years for conspiring and helping their son’s declare to the throne. Her husband was once succeeded by way of their son, King Richard the Lionheart, who instantly published his mom from felony. Eleanor then acted as Regent whereas Richard introduced the 3rd Crusade.

Her loveliness and glamour, her throwing-off of the limitations that shackled girls of the twelve century, and her very genuine presents as a political candidate and ruler make Eleanor’s tale essentially the most colourful of the excessive heart Ages.

sixteen pages of B&W illustrations and maps

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