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Published on August 26th, 2020 | by Chloe Niccolo

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Book Review: “Eleanor of Aquitaine – The summer of a queen”

Guillaume X, Duke of Aquitaine, dies during a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. He knew he was ill and had made arrangements with King Louis VI to marry his daughter Aliénor to his son Louis VII. Shortly after, Louis VI (known as Louis le Gros) passed away in his turn. Already Duchess of Aquitaine, a much coveted land, Aliénor was only 13 when she acceded to the throne of France.

Although she has to put up with the queen and mother of Louis VII, Adélaïde de Maurienne, Eleanor is already showing that she has character. She displays intelligence, sensuality and strength to find her place. But King Louis VII becomes more and more pious and abandons Eleanor when she fails to give him an heir.

A fine tactician, Aliénor then wants to take the reins of power and a ferocious hatred will eventually settle between the two spouses and monarchs.

Replaced by more famous queens such as Marie-Antoinette, Elisabeth I or Marie Stuart, the fate of Aliénor d’Aquitaine largely deserved its place among its great figures, this is what’s done with this biography which spans several volumes. . Eleanor’s belated motherhood may remind us of Anne of Austria or Marie Antoinette.

A biography that reads like a novel and is very discernible. Increasingly enlightening to see this  Duchess child, who already knows the workings of diplomacy, who then becomes queen at a very young age and to see how she is adjusting to these new responsibilities.

Politics, sex, and power.

We’ll leave Eleanor here, as she prepares to become Queen of England by marrying Henry II after the annulment of her previous  marriage. We can’t wait to see what happens next…

“Eleanor of Aquitaine – The Summer of a Queen” – Elizabeth Chadwick – Trad. Alain Sainte-Marie – Ed. Hauteville – 2020

#Biography #History #France # Aliénor #Aquitaine #Reine #EditionsBragelonne #EditionsHauteville #TheSummerQueen

This article was translated in English by John Wilmot.


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