I've read a few biographies of Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife first of King Louis VII of France, and then of King Henry II of England, mother of Richard I and John of England (includng those of Alison Weir, Marion Meade). Her relatives by marriage, or blood, encompassed many nobles or royalty over the whole of Europe throughout her long life - a remarkable woman who lived life to the fullest, and must have experienced all the highs and lows possible.
The book is written in a chatty and readable style; I think some facts may have been somewhat blurred in the telling of the story, but that doesn't detract from its value as a resource, and a `popular' historical biography of a most remarkable lady. On page 160, for instance, mention is made of Marie de France coming to England in around 1160, and that she was "patronised by Henry's bastard William Longsword ..." It may be that Marie de France was patronised by William Longsword, but that patronage was in the future, given that William was not even born until 1176. So a bit misleading.
Again, on page 164 it tells of Becket being consecrated priest, bishop and then archbishop by "Henry, the compliant bishop of Winchester who had crowned Stephen of Blois". This is correct, however, it does add to the information if you know that Henry, Bishop of Winchester, was also the brother of Stephen of Blois (King Stephen). Henry was more than "compliant" - he was ambitious for himself and his family and used his position in the Church to forward those ambitions throughout his life.
Offsetting these minor quibbles are intriguing theories; what was the reason for the delay in Eleanor returning from the Holy Land after the Second Crusade? What was Henry's real long-term reason for promoting Becket? And why did Henry burden himself with so many sons, which could be so problematic for future succession plans?
This book really does bring Eleanor's life, and the times in which she lived, to life - it makes history eminently readable, and enthralling, and is commendable for those aspects alone. Any slight quibbles on historical accuracies are readily forgotten in reading this gem of a book. Highly recommended.