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[ Read Online Eleanor of Aquitaine ê plays PDF ] by Alison Weir ✓ I ve been curious about the historical figure of Eleanor of Aquitaine for a long time Finally, through Eleanor of Aquitaine A Life I was able to sate my eagerness to know what kind of life this woman, that was the Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right and Queen of both France and England, lived One thing for sure, it wasn t an easy life She had difficult husbands, but compensated somewhat through a constant struggle for power We could say that she was fairly successful, since she lived in an era were women had no power at all Despite her struggles she was imprisoned by her second husband for many years But in the end she won this battle, since she outlived him.
Just a taste of Weir s great novel, where the author discusses how restrictive and how excrutianting for women Eleanor s time wasIn this martial world dominated by men, w A scholarly but lightly written book on late 12th Century European politics, as told through the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine Eleanor comes across as a remarkable woman, extremely strong willed and independent She originally married the King of France, and even joined him on a Crusade, then abandoned him for the King of England Later, through her sons Richard the Lionheart was her favorite she fostered rebellions against the English King in his French territories When the rebellions ended in failure, she spent several years imprisoned by her husband, until he died and Richard restored her as an honored and trusted elder stateswoman She died quietly in France at a ripe old age after leading a life of extraordinary power and influence.
The book does an excellent job of investigating contemporary sources to par Alison Weir spends a lot of time in this book discusses common legends and misconceptions surrounding Eleanor, which was interesting for me because I hadn t heard any of them before I really wasn t that familiar with Eleanor of Aquitaine before reading this mostly I just knew that she went on crusade once, was Richard the Lionheart s mother, and was played by Katherine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter From these three bits of information, we can at least deduce that she was kind of a badass.
Having finished this account of her life, I have to admit that I now know a lot about everyone else in Eleanor s life than I do about Eleanor herself Weir does her best, but the fact is there just isn t that much concrete information about Eleanor, aside from a few letters which were recorded by her clerk, who may have actually compo I ve had a life long and abiding interest in Eleanor of Aquitaine ever since I read a biography of her when I was 10 years old I never realized, though, how little I actually knew about the Plantagenetsor how wrong what little I knew wasuntil I read Weir s book.
My only complaint about this book has less to do with Weir s impeccable scholarship and gift for narrative than it does with the scant record left behind by women, even notable women like Eleanor As an aside, it seems like a vast understatement to call her notable I feel I need a much stronger word, but it is late and I can t think of a good word now There are times in the book when I grew impatient reading about the antics of John and Richard and wanted to know WHERE S ELEANOR But as I said, that is a result of the scant evidence left behind in the historical record when it comes to the lives of wom I ve been curious about the historical figure of Eleanor of Aquitaine for a long time Finally, through Eleanor of Aquitaine A Life I was able to sate my eagerness to know what kind of life this woman, that was the Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right and Queen of both France and England, lived One thing for sure, it wasn t an easy life She had difficult husbands, but compensated somewhat through a constant struggle for power We could say that she was fairly successful, since she lived in an era were women had no power at all Despite her struggles she was imprisoned by her second husband for many years But in the end she won this battle, since she outlived him.
Just a taste of Weir s great novel, where the author discusses how restrictive and how excrutianting for women Eleanor s time wasIn this martial world dominated by men, w A scholarly but lightly written book on late 12th Century European politics, as told through the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine Eleanor comes across as a remarkable woman, extremely strong willed and independent She originally married the King of France, and even joined him on a Crusade, then abandoned him for the King of England Later, through her sons Richard the Lionheart was her favorite she fostered rebellions against the English King in his French territories When the rebellions ended in failure, she spent several years imprisoned by her husband, until he died and Richard restored her as an honored and trusted elder stateswoman She died quietly in France at a ripe old age after leading a life of extraordinary power and influence.
The book does an excellent job of investigating contemporary sources to par Alison Weir spends a lot of time in this book discusses common legends and misconceptions surrounding Eleanor, which was interesting for me because I hadn t heard any of them before I really wasn t that familiar with Eleanor of Aquitaine before reading this mostly I just knew that she went on crusade once, was Richard the Lionheart s mother, and was played by Katherine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter From these three bits of information, we can at least deduce that she was kind of a badass.
Having finished this account of her life, I have to admit that I now know a lot about everyone else in Eleanor s life than I do about Eleanor herself Weir does her best, but the fact is there just isn t that much concrete information about Eleanor, aside from a few letters which were recorded by her clerk, who may have actually compo I ve had a life long and abiding interest in Eleanor of Aquitaine ever since I read a biography of her when I was 10 years old I never realized, though, how little I actually knew about the Plantagenetsor how wrong what little I knew wasuntil I read Weir s book.
My only complaint about this book has less to do with Weir s impeccable scholarship and gift for narrative than it does with the scant record left behind by women, even notable women like Eleanor As an aside, it seems like a vast understatement to call her notable I feel I need a much stronger word, but it is late and I can t think of a good word now There are times in the book when I grew impatient reading about the antics of John and Richard and wanted to know WHERE S ELEANOR But as I said, that is a result of the scant evidence left behind in the historical record when it comes to the lives of wom Alison Weir s biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine is thorough and well researched, from birth to death There s a lot of dates and names, and Weir s style doesn t really make that kind of detail absorbing, but there s plenty to interest a patient reader My chief criticism is that Weir presents this as a complete portrait of Eleanor, commenting that previous accounts of her life rely too heavily on the actions of her husbands and sons, but Weir herself falls into that same pitfall Whole chapters go by in which Henry or Richard or John are the focus.
Still, worth the time I invested, I think Eleanor was a fascinating woman and a great queen, amd Weir definitely shows the reader that.
I read this book in hardcover when it first came out before giving it to a friend sorry Amy At the time I seem to remember Weir saying in the introduction that it was of a struggle to write this book than her Tudor histories due to the comparative lack and nature of sources she relied chiefly on contemporary chroniclers, the richer biographical data of letters, diaries, etc no longer existing Consequently I felt it was of a struggle to read.
Not this time I re read the introduction and perhaps my mind had been playing tricks on me, as there was no mention of the above difficulties She does fill in a lot of background about medieval daily life, both for peasants and royalty, in addition to providing a balanced portrait of her subject, one of the most famous women in medieval Europe She s not squeamish o Renowned In Her Time For Being The Most Beautiful Woman In Europe, The Wife Of Two Kings And Mother Of Three, Eleanor of Aquitaine Was One Of The Great Heroines Of The Middle Ages At A Time When Women Were Regarded As Little Than Chattel, Eleanor Managed To Defy Convention As She Exercised Power In The Political Sphere And Crucial Influence Over Her Husbands And Sons In This Beautifully Written Biography, Alison Weir Paints A Vibrant Portrait Of This Truly Exceptional Woman, And Provides New Insights Into Her Intimate World Eleanor of Aquitaine Lived A Long Life Of Many Contrasts, Of Splendor And Desolation, Power And Peril, And In This Stunning Narrative, Weir Captures The Woman And The Queen In All Her Glory With Astonishing Historic Detail, Mesmerizing Pageantry, And Irresistible Accounts Of Royal Scandal And Intrigue, She Recreates Not Only A Remarkable Personality But A Magnificent Past Era Once again Alison Weir has produced another wonderful and exciting biography In this book on Eleanor of Aquitaine she has told the story of this most interesting person in a manner that had me glued to the pages I must state that I have not previously read any books on this subject, quite a few on Richard I but nothing on his mother I usually enjoy military history but this was an excellent story, well researched and well presented with heaps of plots, fighting and treachery The story may well be known to quite a few people out there but to me this book offered the first timer a grand and interesting panorama of this most interesting person during a most interesting period The narrative was quick and exciting, moving along covering a vast period of time a This is another in Alison Weir s series of historical biographical works As always, the book is well written with much historical detail coming from each page As with some of her other works such as Katherine Swynford , she takes a less than complete record of the person about whom she is writing and creates a plausible rendering of that person s life She notes where evidence is slim and makes cautious suggestions as to what might have happened during periods of time with little record of Eleanor.
Here, the target is Eleanor of Aquitaine, notorious after her death, with a greater appreciation of her accomplishments in recent times The fact that such a nuanced biography can be written is remarkable, when one accounts I do think it is a good book, and good history But it is not a biography of Eleanor There have been numerous comments that the problems with the book revolve around there just not being enough direct material available to do a biography, and they re entirely justified Large sections of the book go by with notes of Eleanor does not appear in any of the chronicles of this period.
Worse, from a biography point of view, there are few real conclusions or statements of what Eleanor was like I think the book would have benefited from being a bit opinionated, and the book stays too distant from the subject.
All that said, even when Eleanor is not present, she haunts the pages of the book, even when she is not mentioned, she is still one of the foci of events The book should not be considered so much as a biography as a life and times It is a very well researched look at the event



I read this book in hardcover when it first came out before giving it to a friend sorry Amy At the time I seem to remember Weir saying in the introduction that it was of a struggle to write this book than her Tudor histories due to the comparative lack and nature of sources she relied chiefly on contemporary chroniclers, the richer biographical data of letters, diaries, etc no longer existing Consequently I felt it was of a struggle to read.
Not this time I re read the introduction and perhaps my mind had been playing tricks on me, as there was no mention of the above difficulties She does fill in a lot of background about medieval daily life, both for peasants and royalty, in addition to providing a balanced portrait of her subject, one of the most famous women in medieval Europe She s not squeamish o Alison Weir s biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine is thorough and well researched, from birth to death There s a lot of dates and names, and Weir s style doesn t really make that kind of detail absorbing, but there s plenty to interest a patient reader My chief criticism is that Weir presents this as a complete portrait of Eleanor, commenting that previous accounts of her life rely too heavily on the actions of her husbands and sons, but Weir herself falls into that same pitfall Whole chapters go by in which Henry or Richard or John are the focus.
Still, worth the time I invested, I think Eleanor was a fascinating woman and a great queen, amd Weir definitely shows the reader that.
Once again Alison Weir has produced another wonderful and exciting biography In this book on Eleanor of Aquitaine she has told the story of this most interesting person in a manner that had me glued to the pages I must state that I have not previously read any books on this subject, quite a few on Richard I but nothing on his mother I usually enjoy military history but this was an excellent story, well researched and well presented with heaps of plots, fighting and treachery The story may well be known to quite a few people out there but to me this book offered the first timer a grand and interesting panorama of this most interesting person during a most interesting period The narrative was quick and exciting, moving along covering a vast period of time a This is another in Alison Weir s series of historical biographical works As always, the book is well written with much historical detail coming from each page As with some of her other works such as Katherine Swynford , she takes a less than complete record of the person about whom she is writing and creates a plausible rendering of that person s life She notes where evidence is slim and makes cautious suggestions as to what might have happened during periods of time with little record of Eleanor.
Here, the target is Eleanor of Aquitaine, notorious after her death, with a greater appreciation of her accomplishments in recent times The fact that such a nuanced biography can be written is remarkable, when one accounts I do think it is a good book, and good history But it is not a biography of Eleanor There have been numerous comments that the problems with the book revolve around there just not being enough direct material available to do a biography, and they re entirely justified Large sections of the book go by with notes of Eleanor does not appear in any of the chronicles of this period.
Worse, from a biography point of view, there are few real conclusions or statements of what Eleanor was like I think the book would have benefited from being a bit opinionated, and the book stays too distant from the subject.
All that said, even when Eleanor is not present, she haunts the pages of the book, even when she is not mentioned, she is still one of the foci of events The book should not be considered so much as a biography as a life and times It is a very well researched look at the event

Alison Weir

[ Read Online Eleanor of Aquitaine ê plays PDF ] by Alison Weir ✓ izmirescort.pro Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Alison Weir is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens, and of historical fiction Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs She received her formal training in history at teacher training