Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Legend

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Wiley, May 1, 1996 - History - 268 pages
This fascinating new biography tells the story of one of the most influential figures of the twelfth century, Eleanor of Aquitaine, successively queen of France and of England. In tracing her life story Professor Owen reassesses her political importance during the reigns of her husband Henry II and her sons, Richard the Lionheart and John, and aims to separate the true historical Eleanor from the Eleanor of legend.

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I have read four "biographies" of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Only one of them deserves the term. It's this one. Owen looks carefully at the known facts of a noteworthy woman's history, and he looks at the ... Read full review

Eleanor of Aquitaine: queen and legend

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Eleanor has remained a staple of storytellers for 800 years, yet according to Owen (Univ. of St. Andrews), too often the legends that grew up around her name were taken as history. This is true even ... Read full review

About the author (1996)

D. D. R. Owen was professor emeritus of French at the University of St. Andrews.

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