Recreating the turbulent life of one of the most exciting women in European medieval history, this biography reveals her as a peculiarly "modern" queenRecreating the turbulent life of one of the most exciting women in European medieval history, this biography reveals a peculiarly "modern" queen Eleanor of Aquitaine was the only person ever to sit on the thrones of both France and England. This account of the adventures of the extraordinary mother of Richard the Lionheart and King John takes us into the heart and mind of the woman who changed the shape of Europe for 300 years by marrying Henry of Anjou, making him England's Henry II. Eleanor was a European with a continent-wide vision and a woman who rejected the subordinate female role decreed by the Church. Brought up in the comfort- and culture-loving Mediterranean civilization of southern France, she also refused to be a consenting victim of ethnic cleansing. Using French, Old French, Latin, and Occitan sources, this biography lays bare as never before Eleanor's relationships and vividly brings to life the world she knew.
Reviews"Densely packed with information yet amiable and easy to read, this is a work of dedication and passion which fans of other Eleanor biographies will want to add to their collection." -The Historical Novels Review
Author BiographyDouglas Boyd is a former BBC producer and director whose other titles include The French Foreign Legion and Voices from the Dark Years: The Truth About Occupied France 1940-1945.