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March Book - Biography

Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life by Alison Weir

I know she may seem like a random choice but honestly she was a magnificent figure. Check out the incredible movie "Lion in Winter" with Katherine Hepburn for more info. Also, I can't remember what date we settled on for our monthly meetings and can't find my notes. I think it's the 2nd Monday of every month so I went with that. If it isn't we'll fix it next month. Thanks everyone and happy reading!

Renowned in her time for being the most beautiful woman in Europe, the wife of two kings and mother of three, Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the great heroines of the Middle Ages. At a time when women were regarded as little more than chattel, Eleanor managed to defy convention as she exercised power in the political sphere and crucial influence over her husbands and sons. In this beautifully written biography, Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of this truly exceptional woman, and provides new insights into her intimate world. Eleanor of Aquitaine lived a long life of many contrasts, of splendor and desolation, power and peril, and in this stunning narrative, Weir captures the woman— and the queen—in all her glory. With astonishing historic detail, mesmerizing pageantry, and irresistible accounts of royal scandal and intrigue, she recreates not only a remarkable personality but a magnificent past era.

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  • Allison

    Confession: I'm nowhere near finished with the book, but would still like to come to the discussion. Is that ok?

    March 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm nowhere near done either. Come anyway!

      March 9, 2014

    • Allison

      Awesome! See you ladies tomorrow!

      March 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    oh my I can't believe its coming up this monday already! I tried my local barnes and noble and they didn't have it. Does anyone have it that I can borrow and I'm sure I can get it read over the weekend

    March 6, 2014

    • Kimberly

      I'll be returning mine to Pratt tomorrow afternoon

      March 6, 2014

  • Alex

    Loving this book - nearly done. :) I'm happy to offer my living room as well - I'm at W. Redwood St. & S. Paca downtown. I think we can make room for 10!

    March 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all! Just thought I'd check in. How's everyone doing with the book? Will everyone be ready to talk next week? If so, where should we meet? I'm happy to host or go out. Thoughts?

    March 5, 2014

  • Alex

    Hey Katy!
    It's available for rent online at Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Lion-Winter-Peter-OToole/dp/B0030MTXKS
    Fair warning though - it's pretty awful... :) only really focusing on the soap-opera family squabbles and love affairs.

    There is, by the way, a very good summary of Henry II & Eleanor available in Simon Schama's History of Britain:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9QPJGnj1gU

    March 4, 2014

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