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Eleanor of Aquitaine * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. Eleanor of Aquitaine became the queen of both France and England, the wife of two kings, and later the mother of two kings. Heiress to the rich French provinces of Aquitaine and Poitou, she was undoubtedly one Eleanor of Aquitaine * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. Eleanor of Aquitaine became the queen of both France and England, the wife of two kings, and later the mother of two kings. Heiress to the rich French provinces of Aquitaine and Poitou, she was undoubtedly one of medieval Europe’s most powerful and wealthy women. Inside you will read about... ✓ Duchess of Aquitaine, Queen of France ✓ Eleanor and King Louis Joins the Crusade ✓ The Royal Divorce ✓ Continuing Conflict and Courtly Love ✓ At the Center of Rebellion ✓ Fifteen Years of Captivity And much more! Eleanor of Aquitaine has, not surprisingly, captured many imaginations. From inciting her sons to rebel against their father to the tale of her “courts of love,” where she reportedly fostered the idea of courtly love and promoted the arts, to her captivity and later tireless work to rescue her son Richard the Lionheart from his imprisonment, Eleanor’s life is a tangle of legend mixed with the struggle to interpret the sometimes-scarce facts. This does not make it any less fascinating—or any less worthy of study. In this book, you will find a concise exploration of the life of one of the medieval world’s most memorable figures.


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Eleanor of Aquitaine * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. Eleanor of Aquitaine became the queen of both France and England, the wife of two kings, and later the mother of two kings. Heiress to the rich French provinces of Aquitaine and Poitou, she was undoubtedly one Eleanor of Aquitaine * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. Eleanor of Aquitaine became the queen of both France and England, the wife of two kings, and later the mother of two kings. Heiress to the rich French provinces of Aquitaine and Poitou, she was undoubtedly one of medieval Europe’s most powerful and wealthy women. Inside you will read about... ✓ Duchess of Aquitaine, Queen of France ✓ Eleanor and King Louis Joins the Crusade ✓ The Royal Divorce ✓ Continuing Conflict and Courtly Love ✓ At the Center of Rebellion ✓ Fifteen Years of Captivity And much more! Eleanor of Aquitaine has, not surprisingly, captured many imaginations. From inciting her sons to rebel against their father to the tale of her “courts of love,” where she reportedly fostered the idea of courtly love and promoted the arts, to her captivity and later tireless work to rescue her son Richard the Lionheart from his imprisonment, Eleanor’s life is a tangle of legend mixed with the struggle to interpret the sometimes-scarce facts. This does not make it any less fascinating—or any less worthy of study. In this book, you will find a concise exploration of the life of one of the medieval world’s most memorable figures.

30 review for Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    I suppose as someone who loves history I understand when an author says "events are unclear" or " not much is known" but there seems to me to be lot of that sort of thing in this book. I feel like it's still a good read. Eleanor is such an amazing woman, particularly for her times, it's so sad so much of her life is not known to us. I feel like her living to age 82 and surviving 10 child births was absolutely amazing by it's self. We do know she is what men would call a "mover and shaker" these d I suppose as someone who loves history I understand when an author says "events are unclear" or " not much is known" but there seems to me to be lot of that sort of thing in this book. I feel like it's still a good read. Eleanor is such an amazing woman, particularly for her times, it's so sad so much of her life is not known to us. I feel like her living to age 82 and surviving 10 child births was absolutely amazing by it's self. We do know she is what men would call a "mover and shaker" these days. She was a very rich and powerful for a woman of her times. She was the wife of two kings and the mother of two more, she went on a crusade, was regent over England, started a few civil wars and may have had the idea for the first indoor fireplace in France. LOL! It's such a shame so little is know about other parts of her life. I think she is such a fascinating woman!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    An enjoyable quick read which provides an overview of this fascinating woman’s life. The author does a good job of separating what is known about Eleanor from scurrilous rumour and inference. I’d love to read more about her, but the reviews of Alison Weir’s much longer biography suggest that not much more is known.

  3. 4 out of 5

    António Conceição

    Curta biografia de uma das personalidades mais fascinantes da Idade Média. Trabalho simples e honesto, sem pretensões académicas nem fantasias literárias delirantes. É o que se propõe ser: uma cura biografia de carácter enciclopédico que se lê numa hora.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Wilson

    A nice enjoyable overview of Eleanor I enjoyed this overview of Queen Eleanor. I feel very connected to her as she is my x26great-grandma & her role in history is very interesting to me from both a genealogical perspective but also for solid British and world history.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Reed

    Just not enough Eleanor! Eleanor of Aquitaine has got to be the most fascinating woman in all of history! I read everything I can find about her life and times. I agree, with the author of this book, that most of what we read about her is mere fiction. However, the stories written about her (either truth or fiction) and her life only fan the flames of imagination. She was a woman with boundless energy and an extremely canny mind. To be the wife of two kings, the mother of two kings, she most cert Just not enough Eleanor! Eleanor of Aquitaine has got to be the most fascinating woman in all of history! I read everything I can find about her life and times. I agree, with the author of this book, that most of what we read about her is mere fiction. However, the stories written about her (either truth or fiction) and her life only fan the flames of imagination. She was a woman with boundless energy and an extremely canny mind. To be the wife of two kings, the mother of two kings, she most certainly had to be canny. For instance, she had one of Henry's illegitimate sons made an archbishop so he couldn't interfere with the ruling of England after Henry I died. I forget exactly how the book cites it. For those who want to read more about her, I suggest Jean Plaidy's fictional account Courts of Love. Also, Alison Weir has written an outstanding book about her. Currently, I am reading Elizabeth Chadwick's trilogy about her. So many books about one woman! Happy reading! Oh, almost forgot! I have it given it four stars because the book just ended too soon. It should have been The Hour and a Half History!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    This monarch has an amazing history.  She was married to two kings and she was the mother of two more kings.  We begin to hear of her when she marries the man who becomes King Louis V of France.  She must have been an incredibly resourceful woman to have gotten an annulment from the Catholic Church after bearing two female children. Although powerful in her own right, she became more powerful as the right hand of Henry II of England. Later, she also ruled England in lieu of Richard the Lionheart This monarch has an amazing history.  She was married to two kings and she was the mother of two more kings.  We begin to hear of her when she marries the man who becomes King Louis V of France.  She must have been an incredibly resourceful woman to have gotten an annulment from the Catholic Church after bearing two female children. Although powerful in her own right, she became more powerful as the right hand of Henry II of England. Later, she also ruled England in lieu of Richard the Lionheart (her son with Henry II), while he was on Crusade and prior to his ransom.  She was also the mother of John (Richard's younger brother) when he too rose to the throne of England.  She must have been a vibrant, active person because we hear of her into her 80s.  This biography was interesting throughout.

  7. 4 out of 5

    J. Gibson

    Eleanor of Aquitaine is, at least to me, one of the more fascinating figures of European history. I read nearly anything I can find on her, and this text was an enjoyable and decently informative read. The book seems to stick mostly to the facts and does not dabble too much in speculation or rumor-enabling. I would rather an author say something is unclear where history is concerned than utilize unreliable sources or conjecture. If you are interested in the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, this book Eleanor of Aquitaine is, at least to me, one of the more fascinating figures of European history. I read nearly anything I can find on her, and this text was an enjoyable and decently informative read. The book seems to stick mostly to the facts and does not dabble too much in speculation or rumor-enabling. I would rather an author say something is unclear where history is concerned than utilize unreliable sources or conjecture. If you are interested in the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, this book is a good place to start, but it doesn't provide enough information to give you the total picture of her. (That's not necessarily a mark against it, in my opinion. I appreciated its brevity. It does what it sets out to do.)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    This is one person I didn't know anything about and I'm glad I read the book about her. She was a very, very strong female figure in a time when virtually women were considered below men and not much of any political importance. She ended up the wife of two kings, the mother of two more kings and was even a queen. Not much is known about her early life, though. The book goes into her link with Aquitaine, her marriage to a king, her involvement in a war with England, her being Queen of France, her This is one person I didn't know anything about and I'm glad I read the book about her. She was a very, very strong female figure in a time when virtually women were considered below men and not much of any political importance. She ended up the wife of two kings, the mother of two more kings and was even a queen. Not much is known about her early life, though. The book goes into her link with Aquitaine, her marriage to a king, her involvement in a war with England, her being Queen of France, her problems with a Pope, her being Queen of England and a lot of other interesting information about her. Worth reading.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Facts without the fluff This is the first Hourly History book I have read. It took more than an hour to read, but I enjoyed learning about Eleanor of Aquitaine, and her influence over three kings, two the king of France and king of England which were her husbands. The author mentions some of the myth surrounding Eleanor, but sticks with facts for the most part. The only part that seemed out of place was the reference to a prophecy made by Merlin, which seemed out of place in the author's efforts Facts without the fluff This is the first Hourly History book I have read. It took more than an hour to read, but I enjoyed learning about Eleanor of Aquitaine, and her influence over three kings, two the king of France and king of England which were her husbands. The author mentions some of the myth surrounding Eleanor, but sticks with facts for the most part. The only part that seemed out of place was the reference to a prophecy made by Merlin, which seemed out of place in the author's efforts to focus on fact. Otherwise I found this to be an entertaining history lesson and will read more Hourly History in the future.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is a really interesting read. I’ve been interested in Eleanor of Aquitaine since I first discovered that we were related, but there are so many different tales about her that it’s challenging to discern the truth. This book does its best to present information about her life in an accurate format while dispelling rumors that have no historical grounds. If you like history, give this quick read a try.

  11. 5 out of 5

    David Parker

    Woman warrior Quit a story. I had never heard of her in my High school European history class. Twelve century Europe was very much like the Middle eastern culture of today or feudal Japan. Constant revolts and siblings attempting to kill each other. She was a very head strong person.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    Pleasantly surprised by this one. I've been studying Eleanor of Aquitaine for a long time now and am always interested in how these short texts present her remarkable life. It's the bare bones of her story, but the series is Hourly History after all. Pleasantly surprised by this one. I've been studying Eleanor of Aquitaine for a long time now and am always interested in how these short texts present her remarkable life. It's the bare bones of her story, but the series is Hourly History after all.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Not enough here to allow me to form an opinion of her.

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Weinstock

    Enjoyable Like the fact that this can be a one or two day read depending on how much time I have

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    Quick read; factual If you w onder what is fact and what is fiction in historical fiction this book will help . .

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Good Very informative easy read. I’ll look for additional books about her and Richard her son. She actually lived a great life

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Vigueira

    Very easy read Very easy read with good information for a book about a woman history has little to say. This book shows both the negative and positive about her

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie C. Holt

    Excellent Quick Read This book was a great read for ascertaining a summary of the subject. It was clear, concise, and well organized.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Arnulfo Perez

    Fast ans furious A very fast and dynamic real life Gamelin of thrones. Interesting to see how much waste and grief for the vanity of the powerful.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Norman

    This book gives too quick an over view of what really made, Eleanor of Aquitaine, so well known. I just want to know more detail. Good starter book for quick scan of her life.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Hodges

    I really enjoyed reading about my distant ancestress. This book stuck to the known facts and didn't indulge in much speculation, which is probably why it was so short. Well written and interesting. I really enjoyed reading about my distant ancestress. This book stuck to the known facts and didn't indulge in much speculation, which is probably why it was so short. Well written and interesting.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    If I were Queen..... Eleanor of Aquitaine is by far the most fascinating Queen. It’s too bad this book only briefly gives the more interesting details of her life.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Larrycarlin

    One well written condensed biography I recently read the longer biography of Eleanor by Alison Weir. This quick read does justice to Eleanor’s story. It is very difficult to write short, condensed histories while honestly reflecting what is unknown, and not sounding like an article in an encyclopedia. The author (Hourly History?) has done an excellent job.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Frederick L. Yarger

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janet Lambert

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carol E. Dunham

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gwen E. Manly

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael R. Zuelke

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gary

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