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5.0 out of 5 stars Eleanor empowered, 17 Aug. 2001
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This review is from: Eleanor of Aquitaine: By the Wrath of God, Queen of England (Paperback)
I was captivated by the title when I first came across it. Eleanor of Aquitane certainly proved to be an exceptionally well-written and captivating book, especially when compared to the mediocre efforts of many of our contemporary writers. Alison Weir succeeds in making a distant epoch come to life in a multidimensional way. She has been criticised, by some, for presenting a rather scanty picture of the queen, yet in this same sparse representation, which stems from limited resources available, lies the crux of the existence of a medieval woman. From the morsels of information available about the life of one of the most remarkable female figures of the early medieval period, we can infer that the medieval reality did not consider women as figures of much consequence. For there to have been even this little written about Eleanor she had to have been a particularly influential player in the male orientated society. Through MS Weir's very objective eyes we catch a fair glimpse of Eleanor's world, the consequences of her intelligence, strength and power. It is an effortless read, well worth the time and money.
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Initial post: 31 Aug 2009 19:43:58 BDT
Eleanor of Aquitaine. An outstanding biography which comes to light within the first few pages and continues to captivate until the end. Magnificent
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