Power of a Woman. Memoirs of a Turbulent Life: Eleanor of Aquitaine Paperback – 13 Feb 2008
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"A great read! Gripping. I have images of Eleanor in my mind and Kate Hepburn's voice in my ear." -- Ronni's Rants. A blog by Veronica Prior, Round Rock, Texas
"Read this book from love of language! I suspect Robert Fripp descends from one of Eleanor's troubadours. -- Margaret Schmidt, Public seminars instructor, Newberry Library, Chicago Margaret Schmidt, Public seminars instructor, Newberry Library, Chicago
"Skillful prose. Fripp's style reminds me of 'I, Claudius', huge praise in this reviewer's eyes." -- Yahoo Groups, The Lion in Winter Group, posted by Medeas_Child
Fripp brings Eleanor of Aquitaine to life. I am amazed at his ability to know the heart of a woman. -- Lani L. Lila "lila", Chico, California
How captivated I was with "Power of a Woman"! -- Caroline S. Jonas, Toronto
From the Publisher
Robert Fripp has written a first-person life of the astonishing Eleanor of Aquitaine to rival Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian and Robert Graves's I, Claudius. Eleanor's woes with her army in the wintry wilds of Anatolia and her escapes from ambushes closer to home even hint at Xenophon's Anabasis. Several customer reviews attest to Fripp's ability to "channel" Eleanor. An exceptional woman of the Middle Ages and "mother" of the House of Plantagenet, she sought to wrest policy in England, France and her Angevin Empire through sixty-seven years of violent change while arguing, fighting, scorning, loving and counseling four kings, two of them her husbands, two of them her sons.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
In this book, Robert Fripp does for Eleanor what Graves did for Claudius, as she dictates her "memoirs" to a younger secretary. Most of us know much less about Eleanor than we would like and this is our opportunity to make amends.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Eleanor of Aquitaine had the fascinating life depicted in this book, but she was also famous for her intelligence, which is in no way mirrored here. I'm sure the author is a nice guy, and he did do his homework on Eleanor and the period she lived in, but he's not the right person to be trying to capture the thoughts of such a person as Eleanor of Aquitaine. Dame Dorothy Dunnett or Dame Rebecca West would have done Eleanor proud, I'm sure. And there are probably others out there who could match her intelligence with the facility of expression of the above two authors.
Besides mistakenly presuming he could write from Eleanor of Aquitaine's point of view (a point of view informed by a thoughtful intelligence), he writes full history in the style of mass-market books, and thus should disappoint both the true history buffs (like me), and the mass-market book readers (who don't want so much information).
Eleanor of Aquitaine, near the end of her life and feeling mortal,
reflects on the life she has lived, and the loves and hurts she has
survived. To capture the essence of Eleanor, (queen of first France and
then England, mother of Richard the Lionheart and King John of Magna
Carta fame), the author has successfully parked his gender beside his
name on the title page and written Eleanor's memoirs through the mind of
this medieval woman.
Jane Rady Lynes, NY