Download e-book for iPad: April Queen: Eleanor of Aquitaine by Douglas Boyd


By Douglas Boyd

Recreating the turbulent lifetime of probably the most intriguing ladies in eu medieval background, this biography finds a above all "modern" queen

Eleanor of Aquitaine was once the one individual ever to sit down at the thrones of either France and England. This account of the adventures of the extreme mom of Richard the Lionheart and King John takes us into the guts and brain of the lady who replaced the form of Europe for three hundred years through marrying Henry of Anjou, making him England’s Henry II. Eleanor used to be a ecu with a continent-wide imaginative and prescient and a girl who rejected the subordinate girl function decreed by means of the Church. mentioned within the convenience- and culture-loving Mediterranean civilization of southern France, she additionally refused to be a consenting sufferer of ethnic detoxing. utilizing French, previous French, Latin, and Occitan resources, this biography lays naked as by no means prior to Eleanor’s relationships and vividly brings to existence the area she knew.

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