Eleanor of Aquitaine:
Queen of France, Queen of England,
Mother of Empires
Tracy Borman, author of "Matilda, Wife of the Conqueror":
“Impeccably researched and beautifully written, this book offers a fresh perspective on one of the most controversial queens in history. Not to be missed.”
Elizabeth Chadwick, author of "The Greatest Knight" and the Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy:
"Blows the other biographies out of the water!"
In the competition for remarkable queens, Eleanor of Aquitaine tends to win.
If you don't know about her, you have been missing out!
Duchess in her own right, Queen of France, crusader, survivor of a terrible battle, kidnapped by her own husband, kidnapped by pirates, divorced for barrenness, Countess of Anjou, Queen of England, mother of at least five sons and three daughters, reputed rebel against her own husband, prisoner for fifteen years, ruler of England in her own right, traveller across the Pyrenees and Alps in winter in her seventies, and mentor to the most remarkable Queen medieval France was to know (her own granddaughter, obviously).
For a little more detail, and more reasons to want to know more about this remarkable woman, see the next page ...
A podcast, for History Extra, where I am talking to Dan Jones about Eleanor, can be found here