ALISON WEIR ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE PDF

Eleanor did, after all, leave her first husband King Louis of France, for a younger, handsomer man and therefore a more promising partner in the bedroom department , he who would later become King Henry II of England. These accusations of incest were the very same grounds they used to attain their divorce. Had that been the case, she would not have sought comfort and a second marriage in the arms of one who was of an even closer familial relation Eleanor and Henry were third cousins. She left Louis because she was bored; she was a young woman trapped in a sham marriage with a man who would not even touch her, and she being the most beautiful woman in Christendom, felt her beauty and youth were wasted on a man who had far greater interest in the celestial than he did in earthly pleasures. Weir does not spell it out for you, as other Eleanor novels from the past year have done. But a two star rating on Amazon, mostly because the Eleanor Weir has created is, as some reviewers refer to her, "oversexed"?!

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She has been married to Rankin Weir since , [2] now she resides in Surrey. Then she became interested in the field of history. She opted to abandon teaching as a career after a disillusion with "trendy teaching methods", so she worked as a civil servant, and later as a housewife and mother. Between and , she ran a school for children with learning difficulties. Career Non-fiction It has made me more confident in some ways. It has benefited me financially, of course, and enabled me to enrich the lives of others, but most important of all, it has made me feel fulfilled in a creative sense.

Her work was deemed too long by publishers, and was consequently rejected. In , she wrote a book on Jane Seymour , which was again rejected by publishers, this time because it was too short. She revised the work eight times over a twenty-two-year period, and decided that it might be "of interest to others".

After organising it into chronological order, The Bodley Head agreed to publish it. Weir would not start writing full-time until the late s. Traitors of the Tower came out in The Tudor period is the first one for which we have a rich visual record, with the growth of portraiture, and detailed sources on the private lives of kings and queens. This was an age that witnessed a growth in diplomacy and the spread of the printed word.

Weir wrote historical novels while a teenager, [9] and her novel in the genre of historical fiction, Innocent Traitor , based on the life of Lady Jane Grey , was published in When researching Eleanor of Aquitaine , Weir realised that it would "be very liberating to write a novel in which I could write what I wanted while keeping to the facts". I am sometimes asked to cut back on the historical facts in my novels, and there have been disagreements over whether they obstruct the narrative, but I do hold out for the history whenever I can.

It was published in in the United Kingdom and United States. Her latest novel, The Captive Queen, was released in the summer of Its subject, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was also the focus of a non-fiction biography Weir had written in Working with Quick Reads and Skillswise , Weir has recorded the first chapter as a taster and introduction to get people back into the habit of reading. Dramatic storytelling often prevails over analysis, style over substance, simplicity over complexity, and grand generalization over careful qualification.

History belongs to us all, and it can be accessed by us all. And if writing it in a way that is accessible and entertaining, as well as conscientiously researched, can be described as popular, then, yes, I am a popular historian, and am proud and happy to be one.

Detail is here in plenty, but Tudor England is more than royal wardrobe lists, palaces and sexual intrigue. I applaud the work of the Friends of Northampton Castle in lobbying for its excavation and for the regeneration of the area that would surely follow; and I urge everyone to support them in this venture.

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Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

She has been married to Rankin Weir since , [2] now she resides in Surrey. Then she became interested in the field of history. She opted to abandon teaching as a career after a disillusion with "trendy teaching methods", so she worked as a civil servant, and later as a housewife and mother. Between and , she ran a school for children with learning difficulties. Career Non-fiction It has made me more confident in some ways. It has benefited me financially, of course, and enabled me to enrich the lives of others, but most important of all, it has made me feel fulfilled in a creative sense.

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ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE

Sadly Eleanor remains definitely on the sidelines. Weir could have spent time discussing in general terms what the life of a great Duchess and Queen would have been like, but she prefers to concentrate on the political or family view spoiler [ the two are interchangeable in this case hide spoiler ] drama. Within sight of the end of the book there is a throw away reference to the impact of the town charters that Eleanor issued had on increasing prosperity in Aquitaine. It is the kind of detail that suggests that there was information that Weir could have expanded on that might have brought us closer to Eleanor.

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Rejected U. The photograph above was sent to me in by a reader. Her custodians, bearing in mind the love that the new King, Richard the Lion Heart, had for his mother, and his fearsome reputation, had not demurred when this grand old lady demanded to be set free. Soon, people were rushing to pay their respects, and King Richard sent word that Queen Eleanor was to be entrusted with the power of acting as regent until his return from Normandy.

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