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Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France, Queen of England By Ralph V. Turner Eleanor of Aquitaine Queen of France Queen of England Eleanor of Aquitaine s extraordinary life seems likely to be found in the pages of fiction Proud daughter of a distinguished French dynasty she married the king of France Louis VII then the king of
  • Title: Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France, Queen of England
  • Author: Ralph V. Turner
  • ISBN: 9780300119114
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France, Queen of England By Ralph V. Turner Eleanor of Aquitaine s extraordinary life seems likely to be found in the pages of fiction Proud daughter of a distinguished French dynasty, she married the king of France, Louis VII, then the king of England, Henry II, and gave birth to two sons who rose to take the English throne Richard the Lionheart and John Renowned for her beauty, hungry for power, headstrong,Eleanor of Aquitaine s extraordinary life seems likely to be found in the pages of fiction Proud daughter of a distinguished French dynasty, she married the king of France, Louis VII, then the king of England, Henry II, and gave birth to two sons who rose to take the English throne Richard the Lionheart and John Renowned for her beauty, hungry for power, headstrong, and unconventional, Eleanor traveled on crusades, acted as regent for Henry II and later for Richard, incited rebellion, endured a fifteen year imprisonment, and as an elderly widow still wielded political power with energy and enthusiasm.This gripping biography is the definitive account of the most important queen of the Middle Ages Ralph Turner, a leading historian of the twelfth century, strips away the myths that have accumulated around Eleanor the black legend of her sexual appetite, for example and challenges the accounts that relegate her to the shadows of the kings she married and bore Turner focuses on a wealth of primary sources, including a collection of Eleanor s own documents not previously accessible to scholars, and portrays a woman who sought control of her own destiny in the face of forceful resistance A queen of unparalleled appeal, Eleanor of Aquitaine retains her power to fascinate even 800 years after her death.
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    1. Ralph V. Turner

      Ralph V Turner is emeritus professor of history, Florida State University He is the author of King John and The Reign of Richard Lionheart, among many other publications on European medieval history He lives in Tallahassee.

    753 thoughts on “Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France, Queen of England”

    1. I ve given this 5 stars despite a few caveats such as Turner stating that Geoffrey of Anjou drowned and went on the 2nd crusade, neither of which are true However, as a general overview it s one of the few biographies around that goes even half way to doing Eleanor justice Biographies by the likes of Alison Weir awful , Desmond Seward, Douglas Boyd and Marion Meade are complete non starters This one at least stays on the side of sanity when it comes to the matter of Eleanor s affairs and politic [...]


    2. Appearance is rather scholarly but there were some frustrations In the first 63 pages, the author mentioned 48 times yes, you can tell how much it annoyed me that I went back to count that Eleanor benefited from the example of all the powerful women who preceded her in a time period when there were no powerful women What The author often seemed to want it both ways For example, Turner painstakingly informs us many times that Eleanor did not have a relationship with her younger son, John, due to [...]


    3. I was excited to read this biography, but I stopped about 50 pages into it because the author just kept repeating the same things And hinting over and over about what was to come later He acknowledged at the start of the book that relatively little was known about her, and then tried to stretch it into 400 pages.


    4. So.Biographies.Tricky things, aren t they You gotta stick to the facts and still convey some sense of the person behind them If the person lived recently enough, you have their own writings to draw from for that But if they didn t, you re forced to construct your own interpretation of their personality based on the detritus left by the parade of history You can do this and still remain true to the facts, or you can stolidly present only the facts and end up where Ralph V Turner ends up with a bi [...]


    5. I became quite interested in Eleanor of Aquitaine after reading numerous novels about her I was excited to see this biography as I was keen to learn of the facts as opposed to fiction of the amazing woman that she was Although this book is not particularly long 313pp not including the 100pp notes bibliography I found it repetitive mentioning the same instances even with the same page or previous pages Other than information on Eleanors father and grandfather, I didn t learn very much that was n [...]


    6. Oh goodness Three stars is generous, but two would be too little Turner is, at times, clearly a talented writer who is passionate about his subject This passion does not overwhelm him as it has many other writers on Eleanor he sticks to the evidence however little there is , as part of the purpose of this book is to right the exaggerations and misinterpretations of the past As a historian I was drawn to this biography of Eleanor for that reason and as a historian I understand that we are taught [...]


    7. I bought this because the college professor cousin of an old friend wrote it I have read several books about Eleanor already She is a fascinating character whose reputation may have been the result of her gender, not her character I have just started this version which won great acclaim in France I am already impressed because the author disputes the stories gossip about Eleanor as a result of the age old nuts and or sluts my term, not the author s way that inconvenient or challenging women have [...]


    8. Turner offers the painstaking research and documentation to cut through the myth, cultural judgement, and literary license surrounding Eleanor He builds his biography carefully, with sufficient repetition and cross references to keep the reader on track though the political, social, and religious milieux of her long life The book deserves attentive reading which does not go quickly but I found it compelling and thus enjoyable Turner s desire to evaluate only what we can reasonably know allowed m [...]


    9. This is an exceptionally well researched portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine as well as of the times she lived in and why her reputation was besmirched for so many centuries Astonishingly, Turner is able to do this in just over 300 pages Equally as impressive is how he balances the scholarly tone with straightforward writing that never leaves the reader playing catch up Turner s goal is simple to show Eleanor as a real, human woman and not ascribe modern s or motives onto her actions He argues she [...]


    10. Wish there had been discussion of sources, the few there seem to be, and that the final chapter on Eleanor s black legend was longer because people were misogynistic isn t really an explanation for me Definitely could have been shorter overall as there was a lot of rather unnecessary repetition, even within each chapter However, a clear biography about a rather complicated person that does well to tackle not only sparse primary sources, but an historiography fraught with half truths.


    11. I just gave up on this after awhile The writing comes off as really repetitive, although it might just be that it s poorly organized What made me put it down for good was that he kept referring to the bad relationship between Henry II and Thomas Becket and building important points upon it without explaining it and how it got that way Maybe he circles back to it later, but there again poor organization.


    12. A thorough coverage of the life of the remarkable Eleanor of Aquitaine wife of two kings and mother of 3 kings In a period where women were most often chattel with little but their inherited holdings to offer, she ruled for long periods of time in France and England.


    13. I mainly focused my reading on the chapters surrounding her first marriage, but found quite good source referencing, even if I wasn t sure about the tone of the author.


    14. Just started it and it is fascinating The author s covering just enough of her ancestors to set the stage for her amazing life Very good so far



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