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Eleanor of Auitaine [Ebook] ➧ Eleanor of Auitaine By Alison Weir – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In this beautifully written biography Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of a truly exceptional woman and provides new insights into her intimate world Renowned in her time for being the most beaut In this beautifully written biography Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of a truly exceptional woman and provides new insights into her intimate world Renowned in her time for being the most beautiful woman in Europe the wife of two kings and mother of three Eleanor of Auitaine was one of the great heroines of the Middle Ages At a time when women were regarded as little Eleanor of MOBI :Ê than chattel Eleanor managed to defy convention as she exercised power in the political sphere and crucial influence over her husbands and sonsEleanor of Auitaine 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 ueen 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.

  • Paperback
  • 496 pages
  • Eleanor of Auitaine
  • Alison Weir
  • English
  • 03 October 2015
  • 9780345434876

About the Author: Alison Weir

Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this nameAlison Weir is a British writer of history books for the general public mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and ueens 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.



10 thoughts on “Eleanor of Auitaine

  1. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    Despite the title and the author's stated ambition to write a balanced account of Eleanor neither on the side lines nor a romantic heroine this book is best read as a friendly accessible history of the early Plantagenets Something to read if you've enjoyed The Lion in Winter and fancy knowing a bit about that uarrelsome competitive family Sadly Eleanor remains definitely on the sidelines Weir doesn't discuss the source material so as a reader you can't know if this was her choice or just inevitable given the material she had to work with Weir could have spent time discussing in general terms what the life of a great Duchess and ueen would have been like but she prefers to concentrate on the political or family view spoiler the two are interchangeable in this case hide spoiler

  2. Lizzy Lizzy says:

    I've been curious about the historical figure of Eleanor of Auitaine for a long time Finally through Eleanor of Auitaine A Life I was able to sate my eagerness to know what kind of life this woman that was the Duchess of Auitaine in her own right and ueen 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 himJust a taste of Weir's great novel where the author discusses how restrictive and how excrutianting for women Eleanor's time was “In this martial world dominated by men women had little place The Church's teachings might underpin feudal morality yet when it came to the practicalities of life a ruthless pragmatism often came into play Kings and noblemen married for political advantage and women rarely had any say in how they or their wealth were to be disposed in marriage Kings would sell off heiresses and rich widows to the highest bidder for political or territorial advantage and those who resisted were heavily finedYoung girls of good birth were strictly reared often in convents and married off at fourteen or even earlier to suit their parents' or overlord's purposes The betrothal of infants was not uncommon despite the church's disapproval It was a father's duty to bestow his daughters in marriage; if he was dead his overlord or the King himself would act for him Personal choice was rarely and issueUpon marriage a girl's property and rights became invested in her husband to whom she owed absolute obedience Every husband had the right to enforce this duty in whichever way he thought fit as Eleanor was to find out to her cost Wife beating was common although the Church did at this time attempt to restrict the length of the rod that a husband might use” I really enjoyed Alison Weir's book Recommended

  3. Madeline Madeline says:

    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 Auitaine 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 badassHaving 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 composed the letters himself and some documents stating how much money she spent at a certain time or when she traveled to England For the majority of the book Eleanor is sort of kept to the sidelines occasionally coming into the picture when she gets involved with her husband'ssons'relatives' politics Alison Weir is very careful not to take anything for granted and examines all the evidence before making a claim about what Eleanor did at any given time which is a good thing for a historian to do but it also means Eleanor is not actually very present in this biography Which is not to say that it isn't a good biography The Plantagenets were one batshit crazy family and reading about their violent shenanigens is always a good time Just don't go into this book expecting Eleanor to be present on every page entire chapters can go by without mentioning her However when she does make an appearance she is always being awesome because she is Eleanor of Motherfucking Auitaine Take this letter she wrote to the Pope basically tearing him a new one for not helping to free her son Richard after he was captured while on crusadeIs your power derived from God or from men? Did not the God of Gods speak to you through His apostle Peter that whatsoever you bind on Earth shall be bound also in Heaven and whatsoever you loose on Earth shall be loosed also in Heaven? Why then do you so long negligently nay cruelly delay to free my son or is it rather that you do not dare? Perhaps you will say that this power is given to you over souls not bodies so be it I will certainly be satisfied if you bind the souls of those who keep my son bound in prisonIt is your province to release my son unless the fear of God has yielded to a human fear Restore my son to me then O man of God if indeed you are a man of God and not a man of mere blood For know that if you are slow in releasing my son from your hand will the Most High reuire his bloodShe wrote that to the Pope The Pope All I can say to that is damn lady

  4. Kimberly Kimberly says:

    I've had a life long and abiding interest in Eleanor of Auitaine 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 bookMy 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 women It is the cross for all women's historians to bear But Weir does a good job of touching base with the reader and saying basically the historical record does not show where Eleanor was at this time or what she was doing but we can surmiseetc etcIn summary this is a wonderful book to grab a cup of hot tea and curl up with during long winter nights

  5. Mike Mcfarland Mike Mcfarland says:

    A scholarly but lightly written book on late 12th Century European politics as told through the life of Eleanor of Auitaine 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 uietly in France at a ripe old age after leading a life of extraordinary power and influenceThe book does an excellent job of investigating contemporary sources to parse out the truth from the romantic legend and the anti Eleanor propaganda Many conventional stories are debunked Eleanor poisoned her husband's mistresses and others are endorsed Eleanor had an affair with the King of England's father based on the available records The one knock against the book and this is hardly the author's fault is that there are long periods of Eleanor's life when the contemporary sources felt no need to record her activities This was after all an era in which the value of a woman was calculated by how many sons she produced As a result the book freuently reads like a biography of Eleanor's husbands and sons than a biography of Eleanor herself Nevertheless a great read

  6. Rachel Rachel says:

    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 Conseuently I felt it was of a struggle to readNot 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 sueamish or judgmental about incestuous affairs Eleanor's son Richard's possible homosexuality she doesn't think he was as that is something chroniclers would have picked up on at the merest hint or Henry II's involvement in Thomas Becket's murderDefinitely enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone interested in medieval European history without needing a strong background in the subject already

  7. Nicky Nicky says:

    Alison Weir's biography of Eleanor of Auitaine 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 focusStill worth the time I invested I think Eleanor was a fascinating woman and a great ueen amd Weir definitely shows the reader that

  8. & & says:

    Once again Alison Weir has produced another wonderful and exciting biography In this book on Eleanor of Auitaine 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 uite 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 uite 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 uick and exciting moving along covering a vast period of time and people however I never got lost in the story On a number of occasions points in dispute were threshed out and a common sense approach was adopted in trying to find the truth of the matter Eleanor of Auitaine had a number of detractors throughout history but I think the author tried to present her story in a non biased manner This is a good book and I think that most people will enjoy the story and even those who know the whole story should gain something from this account

  9. Sherry Sharpnack Sherry Sharpnack says:

    Let me just say that I love Tudor historian Alison Weir’s biographies She is one of those historians that make history sing “Eleanor of Auitaine” didn’t really “sing” for me I think it was bc of the paucity of historical record w which Ms Weir had to work The Tudor era has far Primary source material than the late twelfth century does And so many of the sources are songs or prejudiced enemies writing about herEleanor was a fascinating woman she was the wife of two kings and the mother of three if you count Henry the “Young King” as an actual king which British history does not since he doesn’t have a numeral Anyway she wanted out of her first marriage w King Louis of France whom she accompanied on the First Crusade and abandoned their two daughters when she left him She secretly negotiated her marriage w Henry of Anjou daughter of Empress Matilda of England who was in a civil war w her cousin Stephen to control England Her marriage to Henry was a brilliant coup; their partnership created a political entity that covered most of modern day France And then Henry became King of England so their realm was enormous and nearly always troubled Eleanor and Henry had ten children together and married their daughters into various European houses So truthfully Eleanor was Europe’s grandmother before ueen Victoria wasSo what made Eleanor turn against Henry and support her “devil’s spawn” sons when they rebelled against their father? I can see why they rebelled but history just can’t tell us what happened between Henry and Eleanor She was Henry’s prisoner for many years and appears to have been at her best when he was uelling rebellions and she was left as Regent of England or when he let her rule her own domains Was Eleanor the slut as she was portrayed in some writings? Or was she a strong smart woman who needed to have been born hundred of years later to achieve success? Or both?

  10. Rindis Rindis says:

    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 subjectAll 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 events in England and France over an 80 year period and I can see it being very useful to use to answer uestions about 'who was where when' The writing is good throughout and I do recommend it as long as you understand that it isn't uite the biography that it purports to be

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