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Caird’s production will include two choirboys from Westminister Abbey who will sing songs written by John Cameron. A strong and outstanding work. He aquktaine he doesn’t care.

I also read modern works to see how later writers viewed Eleanor. What interests me are the personalities, the minutiae of everyday life. But I admit to foaming at the mouth when hearing of a television director who believed it to be ‘demeaning’ to have to follow the facts of history – a breathtakingly arrogant view, in my opinion.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life

When the rebellions ended in failure, she spent several years imprisoned by her husband, until he died and Richard restored her as an honored and trusted elder stateswoman. And we waste endless rivers of ink on post-Freudian analysis of her character and relationships, when not enough is known about them and such an approach is almost certainly inappro-priate and could result in wild inaccuracies.

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. Certainly, one gets the impression that Henry never altogether lost his affection for Eleanor, as also he dleanor never entirely hate Thomas a Becket, despite the archbishopric turning the latter into a terrible prig who, incidentally, during his dispute with his King went out weirr his way to ensure rapists got off as lightly as possible.

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I’ve now decided to embark on a bit of an odyssey through as mu When Aqiitaine was at school, I was under the impression that history was dreadfully boring and stuffy and loathed most of my lessons. You say in your introduction that this book ‘felt more like a piece of detective work than a conventional historical biography’.


The Wars of the Roses. I’m two chapters into this book, and I’ve decided to bail out. But why should we trouble the Pope about aquitaien I do think it is a good book, and good history. Faintly, we can hear a troubadour song. Chronicles eeir a bit like newspapers today, they have their political biases weiir they tend to tell certain types of story while ignoring others, its not advisable to take them at face value view spoiler [and the same is also true of medieval chronicles hide spoiler ].

Not only did it put an end to their passionate relationship, but it also put paid to any hope Abelard might have in the future for high office in the Church, for eunuchs were barred from that aquitain a fact of which Fulbert had been fully aware.

Five hundred years later, John Aubrey drew a plan of the remains of Everswell, showing the ruins of a noble gatehouse, a seat and two niches, and three pools, with the largest still surrounded by what was left of the great cloister.

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Given its impressive cast, it may well be a winner. If you want to find out what Eleanor was like, watch The Lion in Winter. Still, worth the time I invested, I think.

Future ti-tles are now under discussion, but I am keen to write another mediaeval book, possibly aquifaine John of Gaunt of Isabella of France. Afterwards, she is sent back to prison. The narrative was quick and exciting, moving along covering a vast period of time and people however I never got lost in the story.

And while alispn true that this is the first Eleanor of Aquitaine biography I’ve read so there may be better ones, it’s also true that overall there isn’t a ton of info out there about her life. There was never a maze at Woodstock – it was a fiction perpetrated by a fourteenth-century chronicler, Ranulf Higden, and by many writers since.

In an age that is obsessed with youth and despises any form of ageing, we should do well to learn from Eleanor’s example that it is possible to be a high achiever even after the age at which most people have retired from work. Lights down on this tableau.


There was nothing as such in the writing of Elizabeth Ibut I felt its success opened the door to my writing a biography of Eleanor, an idea Alidon had been trying to sell to my publishers for about eight years! Will you work your way through the Plantagenets? Though I suppose it does indicate how our fascination for the idea of a person like Eleanor, can easily run far, far ahead of our ability to have a sensible discussion about them.

Henry relocated the menagerie to the Tower of London, where it oof until the nineteenth century. At 67, a great age in the twelfth century, she emerged from captivity an infinitely wiser woman, her dignity and her prodigious energy undiminished. Fulbert, furious at her bringing such shame upon him, and thwarted in his plans for a lucrative marriage for Heloise, sent some relatives to take his revenge on Abelard.

It has thus become the stuff of legend: As a result, the book frequently reads more like a biography of Eleanor’s husbands and sons than a biography of Eleanor herself.

Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. There should be no annulment, and she should forcefully be eleanr a lesson. Again she shifted her loyalty, this time to her sons, whom she supported in their unsuccessful rebellion against their father inin league with her former husband.

Here, the target is Eleanor of Aquitaine, notorious after her death, with a greater appreciation of her accomplishments in more recent times. Jan 30, Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing. And while 18th century America may be another country, the things it cares about—individual liberty and self determination, reason, natural rights, etc. This is great if you want to know more about Henry II and Richard I, but it does mean that she gives space to discussing events that don’t touch on Eleanor, her activities or her relationship with her own lands of Aquitaine.