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Having lived to the unusually old age of 82 years old, Eleanor of Aquitaine saw the borders of nations shift, her sons and daughters come to and leave the throne, and both prison and freedom. This photographic journey through Eleanor's life covers her childhood and family background, marriages, parenting, political life and death, as well as various elements of the time she lived in. Gain a clearer portrait of what a great woman Eleanor was, as well as what it was like to live during her times. 64 indexed pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
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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Ann Kramer has worked as an author and editor for more than 30 years. She is the author of Mandela, also in the World History Biographies series. She lives in Sussex, England.