Random House, Inc. In medieval times, Eleanor of Aquitaine broke the mold for women. This remarkable woman lived life on her own terms, ultimately becoming queen of France and England.
We first encounter the infant Eleanor, born into the ruling family of the Duchy of Aquitaine, in 1122. She grows into a lively and intelligent young girl, and quickly learns the arts of diplomacy and power brokering.
Eleanor marries the young Prince Louis, and becomes Queen of France while still a teenager. She accompanies her husband's ill-fated Second Crusade to win back the Holy Land, but returns demanding a divorce, a bold move for a medieval woman.
Her second marriage, to Henry, Duke of Normandy, leads to Eleanor's coronation as Queen of England in 1154. Contrary to her reign in France, she learns to wield power at the English court, and forges strong alliances to establish a lasting dynasty.
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Baker & Taylor Presents the life of the twelfth-century ruler, who became the queen of France and then England, who was an active participant in many of the rivalries between the royal houses of the period, and was the mother of ten children, including Richard the Lionhearted.Presents the life of the twelfth-century ruler, who became the queen of France and then England, who was an active participant in many of the rivalries between the royal houses of the period, and was the mother of ten children, including Richard the Lionhearted.
Baker & Taylor Emphasizing the childhood of each famous individual, the books in this series blend personal diaries, school reports, family photographs, and primary quotes to create a scrapbook-style layout which gives a close-up look at some of the most influential people of all time.