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Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings

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The story of that amazingly influential and still somewhat mysterious woman, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has the dramatic interest of a novel. She was at the very center of the rich culture and clashing politics of the twelfth century. Richest marriage prize of the Middle Ages, she was Queen of France as the wife of Louis VII, and went with him on the exciting and disastrous Second Crusade. Inspiration of troubadours and trouvères, she played a large part in rendering fashionable the Courts of Love and in establishing the whole courtly tradition of medieval times. Divorced from Louis, she married Henry Plantagenet, who became Henry II of England. Her resources and resourcefulness helped Henry win his throne, she was involved in the conflict over Thomas Becket, and, after Henry's death, she handled the affairs of the Angevin empire with a sagacity that brought her the trust and confidence of popes and kings and emperors. Having been first a Capet and then a Plantagenet, Queen Eleanor was the central figure in the bitter rivalry between those houses for the control of their continental domains--a rivalry that excited the whole period: after Henry's death, her sons, Richard Coeur-de-Lion and John "Lackland" (of Magna Carta fame), fiercely pursued the feud up to and even beyond the end of the century. But the dynastic struggle of the period was accompanied by other stirrings: the intellectual revolt, the struggle between church and state, the secularization of literature and other arts, the rise of the distinctive urban culture of the great cities. Eleanor was concerned with all the movements, closely connected with all the personages; and she knew every city from London and Paris to Byzantium, Jerusalem, and Rome. Amy Kelly's story of the queen's long life--the first modern biography--brings together more authentic information about her than has ever been assembled before and reveals in Eleanor a greatness of vision, an intelligence, and a political sagacity that have been missed by those who have dwelt on her caprice and frivolity. It also brings to life the whole period in whose every aspect Eleanor and her four kings were so intimately and influentially involved. Miss Kelly tells Eleanor's absorbing story as it has long waited to be told--with verve and style and a sense of the quality of life in those times, and yet with a scrupulous care for the historic facts.

Synopsis:

Amy Kelly's story of the queen's long life is a modern biography that brings together more authentic information about her than has ever been assembled and reveals in Eleanor a greatness of vision, an intelligence, and a political sagacity that have been missed by those who have dwelt on her caprice and frivolity. It also brings to life the whole period in whose every aspect Eleanor and her four kings were so intimately and influentially involved.

Synopsis:

This account of Queen Eleanor and her century is offered as a study of individuals who set their stamp upon the events of their time, rather than as a study of developing systems of politics, economics, or jurisprudence.

About the Author

Amy Kelly was formerly Associate Professor at Wellesley College.

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Rich Dower
  • 2. O Paris!
  • 3. Via Crucis
  • 4. Fear the Greeks
  • 5. Antioch the Glorious
  • 6. Jerusalem
  • 7. The Queen and the Duke
  • 8. The Countess and the Poet
  • 9. The Second Crown
  • 10. Forging the Empire
  • 11. King and Archbishop
  • 12. Becket in Exile
  • 13. Montmirail and Canterbury
  • 14. The Flower of the World
  • 15. The Court of Poitiers
  • 16. Henry and His Sons
  • 17. Sedition
  • 18. Poor Prisoner
  • 19. The Christmas Court
  • 20. War Was in His Heart
  • 21. Henry Revokes His Lands
  • 22. The Fallen Elm of Gisors
  • 23. The Lion Heart Is King
  • 24. The Sicilian Interlude
  • 25. Things Done Overseas
  • 26. Shipwreck and Disguise
  • 27. Eleanor Queen of England
  • 28. The Ransom
  • 29. Captive and Betrayer
  • 30. The Treasure of Châlus
  • 31. Lackland’s Portion
  • 32. Blanche and Isabella
  • 33. Mirebeau
  • 34. The Hope of Brittany
  • 35. The Queen Goes Home
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674242548
Author:
Kelly, Amy
Author:
Kelley, Amy
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Eleanor, of aquitaine, consort of henry ii, k
Subject:
Great Britain History Plantagenets, 1154-1399.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Queens
Subject:
Queens -- Great Britain.
Subject:
Plantagenet, House of.
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Subject:
HISTORY / Europe/General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
January 1991
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map, 13 halftones
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 21 oz

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Product details 448 pages Harvard University Press - English 9780674242548 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Amy Kelly's story of the queen's long life is a modern biography that brings together more authentic information about her than has ever been assembled and reveals in Eleanor a greatness of vision, an intelligence, and a political sagacity that have been missed by those who have dwelt on her caprice and frivolity. It also brings to life the whole period in whose every aspect Eleanor and her four kings were so intimately and influentially involved.
"Synopsis" by , This account of Queen Eleanor and her century is offered as a study of individuals who set their stamp upon the events of their time, rather than as a study of developing systems of politics, economics, or jurisprudence.
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