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Eleanor of Aquitaine

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Author Robert Fripp commissioned this portrait for his book about Eleanor of Aquitaine, Power of a Woman. Eleanor's bust at The Cloisters (The Metropolitan Museum, N.Y.) provided the model, and a contemporary writer described her blue eyes. Illustration © Duncan Long 2006. All rights reserved. Image courtesy of Robert Fripp.

Books About Eleanor of Aquitaine

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Eleanor of Aquitaine by Sara Cockerill. Based on primary sources, this biography debunks myths about Eleanor and breaks new ground on her relationships with the Church, Thomas Becket, and her children.

Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings by Amy Ruth Kelly. Always at the center of her world, Eleanor remains a fascinating figure, and Amy Kelly captures her life in this entrancing biography. (Review © Amazon.com.)

Eleanor, April Queen of Aquitaine by Douglas Boyd. This biography presents Eleanor as an surprisingly modern and liberated woman.

Eleanor of Aquitaine by Marion Meade is a biography with a feminist point of view.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Legend by D. D. R. Owen. This biography reassesses Eleanor's political importance, her role as a literary and cultural patron, and her influence in the 12th-century Renaissance.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: By the Wrath of God, Queen of England by Alison Weir. Combining the pace and descriptive quality of a novel with the authority of a textbook, Weir brings all the color and ever-present dangers of Eleanor's world to life. (Review © Amazon.com.)

Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Mother Queen of the Middle Ages by Desmond Seward. The dramatic story of an ambitious princess, heiress, and ruler.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France, Queen of England by Ralph V. Turner. Biography that strips away myths and focuses on primary sources, including documents not previously accessible to scholars.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Rebel by Jean Flori, translated by Olive Classe. Looks at Eleanor's life and her role in history, the Second Crusade, courtly love, the Plantagenet court, and Arthurian literature.

Other Books About Eleanor

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of the Troubadours by Jean Markale. Examines the queen's role as the symbol of courtly love, which was "a process of male initiation and transcendence that bears a close resemblance to Indian Tantra."

Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Michael R. Evans. Considers the medieval primary sources and the post-medieval development of the image of Eleanor, from demonic queen to feminist icon.

Essays About Eleanor

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady edited by Bonnie Wheeler and John Carmi Parsons. Twenty-one essays reassessing Eleanor of Aquitaine's career and reputation.

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Courtly Love, and the Troubadours by Ffiona Swabey. Includes biographical sketches, songs, letters, poems, genealogical tables, maps, a chronology, and a timeline.

Women of the Twelfth Century: Eleanor of Aquitaine and Six Others by Georges Duby, translated by Jean Birrell.

Novels About Eleanor of Aquitaine

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick. The first novel in a trilogy about the scandalous life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife of England's King Henry II. The other two books are The Winter Crown and The Autumn Throne.

The Secret Eleanor by Cecelia Holland. Employing deception and disguise, seduction and manipulation, Eleanor of Aquitaine makes her mark on history.

The Book of Eleanor by Pamela Kaufman. Novel about Eleanor of Aquitaine, narrated by the queen herself.

To Be Queen: A Novel of the Early Life of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Christy English. After her father's sudden death, 15-year-old Eleanor is crowned Duchess of Aquitaine and betrothed to King Louis VII. She must find the strength to fight for what she really wants.

The Queen's Pawn by Christy English. At age nine, Princess Alais of France is sent to live in England until she is of age to wed Prince Richard, son of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. As Alais grows up, Eleanor begins to see her as a threat, and their love for each other is overshadowed by bitter rivalry.

Queen Defiant: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Anne O'Brien. Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine makes a disastrous marriage with France's weak-willed King Louis VII, then finds her soul mate in England's King Henry II.

Eleanor the Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Norah Lofts. A high-spirited, stubborn, and intelligent woman of the 12th century, Eleanor married two kings, went on two Crusades, and gave birth to ten children. This novel about her life was first published in 1955.

When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman. First novel in a popular trilogy about England's Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. The other two books are Time and Chance and Devil's Brood.

Power of a Woman: Memoirs of a Turbulent Life by Robert Fripp. At the age of 81, Eleanor of Aquitaine looks back on her life and tells her story.

The Sixth Surrender by Hana Samek Norton. In 13th century France, Eleanor of Aquitaine launches a deadly dynastic chess game to safeguard the crowns of Normandy and England for John Plantagenet, her last surviving son.

The Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir. Tells the story of England's most passionate and destructive royal couple, Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II.

Mystery and Suspense

The Canterbury Papers by Judith Healey. In this suspense novel, Eleanor of Aquitaine sends the king of France's sister to retrieve letters hidden in Canterbury Cathedral.

The Queen's Man by Sharon Kay Penman. A young man helps Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine solve a murder.

Cruel As the Grave: A Medieval Mystery by Sharon Kay Penman. Sequel to The Queen's Man.

Dragon's Lair by Sharon Kay Penman. July 1193. King Richard Lionheart lies in a German prison. When a ransom payment vanishes, Eleanor dispatches a young man to investigate.

Novels by Jean Plaidy

The Courts of Love by Jean Plaidy. Novel about Eleanor of Aquitaine from Plaidy's Queens of England series.

The Plantagenet Prelude by Jean Plaidy. First novel in Plaidy's Plantagenet Saga. Tells how Eleanor's tempestuous relationship with Henry II began.

The Revolt of the Eaglets by Jean Plaidy. Eleanor encourages her sons to rebel against Henry II. Second book in the Plantagenet Saga.

The Heart of the Lion by Jean Plaidy. This third book of the saga centers on Richard the Lionheart.

The Prince of Darkness by Jean Plaidy is about King John.

For Children and Teens

Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Queen Who Rode off to Battle by Ann Kramer. Biography for children ages 4 to 8.

Queen Eleanor: Independent Spirit of the Medieval World by Polly Schoyer Brooks is a biography for ages 12 and up.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Heroine of the Middle Ages by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.

Eleanor of Aquitaine and the High Middle Ages by Nancy Plain. Nonfiction for children ages 9 to 12.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Richest Queen in Medieval Europe by David Hilliam. Biography for young adult readers.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Medieval Queen by Kerrily Sapet. Biography for young adult readers.

Eleanor, Crown Jewel of Aquitaine by Kristiana Gregory. A novel for children ages 9 to 12 from the popular Royal Diaries series.

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E. L. Konigsburg is a children's book that follows Eleanor to heaven and there recounts the story of her life. For ages 9-12.

The Queen's Daughter by Susan Coventry. Joan loves her parents, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II, but she feels like a political pawn. After her parents marry her off to the king of Sicily, Joan must figure out who to trust and love. For young adult readers.

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Movies, Plays and Music

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Richard Coeur de Lion: Troubadours & Trouvères. A CD of music from the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard the Lionheart, Marie de Champagne, and Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany.

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