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Weir, Alison - Eleanor of Aquitaine - ( Item 125318 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2015. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Introduced by Richard Barber. A revealing portrait of one of the most powerful women in history, who remained the subject of scandalous rumour throughout her life and beyond. Alison Weir has crafted an entertaining account full of violence and character, using Eleanor's life to tell the wider story of a changing Europe. An enlightening introduction by the respected historian Richard Barber emphasises the blossoming of literature and poetry in the time of Eleanor, who was an enthusiastic patron of the arts. This edition also features newly researched colour photographs that cast fresh light on the story: the painting of Thomas Becket's gruesome murder leaves little doubt of the impact of his death, while the stained-glass window of Eleanor and Henry at Poitiers Cathedral stands as an example of the flourishing art of the period. Eleanor of Aquitaine book. Bound in blocked metallic buckram. Set in Adobe Garamond with DucDeBerry display. 544 pages. Frontispiece and 24 pages of colour plates. Maps and genealogical tables. 10" x 6 ". A woman who ruled with wisdom, and lived with passion. There can be few figures as significant to the Middle Ages as Eleanor of Aquitaine; over her 82 years she was the queen of two countries and the mother of two kings. She was undoubtedly one of the most powerful women in history, yet the reality of her life is obscured, even now, by rumours of adultery, eroticism and murder. In her meticulous biography, Weir cuts away at the speculation and the legend to reveal a woman who ruled with wisdom and lived with passion. Famously beautiful and the subject of admiring verse from the troubadours of the time, Eleanor was also fiercely intelligent and forthright, holding her own with powerful men when women were often forced into the background. Her life is a catalogue of extraordinary events: she rode off to the Crusades dressed as an Amazon warrior; was variously kidnapped and imprisoned; and even lost at sea. She helped plan a rebellion against her former husband Henry II, one of England's most powerful kings, and ruled the country while her beloved son Richard the Lionheart was fighting the Third Crusade. From the Folio Society description.

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