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Eleanor of Aquitaine
Eleanor of Aquitaine: By the Wrath of God, Queen of England | Alison Weir
Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine was one of the leading personalities of the Middle Ages, and also one of the most controversial. Having inherited a vast feudal domain stretching from the Loire to the Pyrenees, she was one of the greatest heiresses in history; yet in her own day, she was famous not only for who she was, but also for what she did. In an age when women were treated as mere chattels, she made her own choices, wielded power and won widespread respect. Circumstances, however, dictated that her memory would be sullied by calumny and misunderstanding. Eleanor was no saint. She was beautiful, intelligent and wilful, and in her lifetime there were rumours about her that were not without substance. Her contemporaries were sometimes scandalised by her behaviour. She had been reared in a relaxed and licentious court where the arts of the troubadours flourished, and was even said to have presided over the fabled Courts of Love. Eleanor married in turn Louis VII of France and Henry II of England, and was the mother of Richard the Lionheart and King John. She lived to be 82, but it was only in old age that she triumphed over the adversities and tragedies of her earlier years and became virtual ruler of England. Eleanor has exerted a fascination over writers and biographers for 800 years, but the prevailing myths and legends that attach to her name still tend to obscure the truth. By careful research, Alison Weir has produced a vivid biography with a fresh and provocative perspective on this extraordinary woman.
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A ton of good deals today posted on Book Bub. This is one of them.

Linsy Thanks! Just got it :D 3mo
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Butterfinger
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Another wonderful researched book of Weir's. I cannot get enough of her writing.

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Eleanor of Aquitaine has fascinated me for years. That plus Weir's detailed research and the interesting way she relates history makes this a pick for me.

Ericalambbrown I read a book called Captive Queen by Alison Weir a few years ago. It, too, was about Eleanor of Aquitaine. It was historical fiction. Was this a biography/nonfiction? 2y
bookandbedandtea @Ericalambbrown This one is nonfiction. I haven't read Captive Queen, was it good? 2y
Ericalambbrown @bookandbedandtea I liked it! I‘d venture to say that if you like Alison Weir‘s nonfiction version, you‘d like her historical fiction on the subject. I‘m going to stack this one! 2y
bookandbedandtea @Ericalambbrown I've read several of Weir's nonfiction and enjoyed them all but never really thought of reading her fiction for some reason. The Captive Queen sounds good, though, so I'm adding it to my list. Thanks for the rec! 2y
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JUNE in books! #june #riotgrams

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Linsy @Leftcoastzen Me too! One of my faves!!! 2y
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#kingsandqueensthisorthat

1. All, though historical fiction needs to be up to a high standard
2. Yes
3. Medieval- I read a ton about the Tudor period
4. Eleanor of Aquitaine, I love how much she broke the mold

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"Killed when his horse shied at a runaway pig".

#stupiddeaths

TrishB History is full of them 😂 2y
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Mamashep
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Listening to a podcast about Eleanor and really need to read more. As is usually the case!

TrishB Sharon K Penman and Elizabeth Chadwick have both written good fiction novels about Eleanor 😀 3y
Mamashep @TrishB I'll have to check them out! 3y
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#MOREORLESS One of my favorites. I always enjoy Weir's books.

Andrew65 Got to love a book about Eleanor! (edited) 3y
Redwritinghood @Andrew65 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
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Chelsibno
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I'm slowly making progress on the 2017 Reading Challenge! #readingchallenge #2017readingchallenge

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Weir's biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine does a brilliant job of portraying her life in a fair and balanced way, unlike many other works that seek to malign her or idolize her. I liked how Weir addressed myths, rumors, and unverifiable claims about Eleanor and her family, explaining the origins and depictions of each and summing up their veracity. After reading this book, I want to read more of Weir's biographies.#timetravelingbookclub #biography

MrBook Wonderful review and pic! 😊👍🏻 3y
Chelsibno @MrBook Thank you so much! 3y
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Chelsibno
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Reading #outside on this lovely February afternoon.

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Autumn
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That's a difficult task! Maybe the challenge should be to list what we DON'T like to read😉 Here are a couple shelves of my Medieval & Renaissance English history collection.

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Arcana
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History Channel actually showing history put me in the mood for a good historical read. Baking bread, sipping coffee, and enjoying the perilous Middle Ages.

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