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....
|Title||:||Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Legend|
|Publisher||:||Wiley Blackwell New Ed edition May 1, 1996|
|Number of Pages||:||268 pages|
|File Size||:||767 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Legend Reviews
used it for a paper. great
The late D.D.R. Owen was Professor Emeritus of French at Scotland's University of St. Andrews. He had acquired the languages, the deep cultural knowledge and the scholar's discipline that equipped him to compose a fine, restrained biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Owen's treatment is careful to draw a line between rumor and fact (insofar as that line can be drawn more than eight centuries later). He exposes rumors, plays them down and turns his attention to accenting history.
I found a second hand edition of this book after seeing it referenced in some other works on Eleanor of Aquitaine. It is eminently readable, particularly as Owen is not above filling in the gaps with his own inferences and imaginings. Having said that, he is careful to draw the line between fact and his own fiction, but one does need to read with attention to be sure of noticing the distinction.
This is a great book. I learned so much from this book. I am doing a project on Queen Eleanor and it helped me so much.I hope everyone else learns as much as I did! I hope that she will still have her name in history in a houndred years from now. ENJOY the book.