Queen Eleanor: Independent Spirit of the Medieval World

Queen Eleanor: Independent Spirit of the Medieval World By Polly Schoyer Brooks, Queen Eleanor Independent Spirit of the Medieval World Accused of being a demon by those who could not tolerate her independence Eleanor of Aquitaine made her mark as one of the most dynamic and extraordinary figures of the Middle Ages Born in Elea
  • Title: Queen Eleanor: Independent Spirit of the Medieval World
  • Author: Polly Schoyer Brooks
  • ISBN: 9780395981399
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Paperback
  • Queen Eleanor: Independent Spirit of the Medieval World By Polly Schoyer Brooks, Accused of being a demon by those who could not tolerate her independence, Eleanor of Aquitaine made her mark as one of the most dynamic and extraordinary figures of the Middle Ages Born in 1122, Eleanor refused to be confined by the traditional gender roles of her time She became well educated, gaining political and governing know how from her father, William X, duke ofAccused of being a demon by those who could not tolerate her independence, Eleanor of Aquitaine made her mark as one of the most dynamic and extraordinary figures of the Middle Ages Born in 1122, Eleanor refused to be confined by the traditional gender roles of her time She became well educated, gaining political and governing know how from her father, William X, duke of Aquitaine, and armed herself with the skills necessary to become an influential queen first of France, and later, England With an impact that reached beyond politics, Eleanor shaped the future of the arts and humanities And in a time when women were viewed as inferior to men, the virtues of chivalry and courtly love were born Once described by a contemporary as a woman beyond compare, Eleanor of Aquitaine is a figure who will remain controversial, powerful, and enchanting in the twenty first century.
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      Polly Schoyer Brooks lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, where she enjoys her four children, ten grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.

    249 thoughts on “Queen Eleanor: Independent Spirit of the Medieval World”

    1. I m not sure how so many books manage to turn Eleanor of Aquitaine into either a simpering romantic or a woman made reckless by her sexual desires This book manages to avoid both of those, happily, although the first half is a pretty dry read.Some funny moments Take this For the occasion Eleanor wore a gown of pure silk with tight fitting sleeves, designed to show off her delicate wrists as important as a slim ankle is today 26 That had me scrambling to find the publication date, and indeed, thi [...]


    2. I thought reading this book would be very interesting and helpful to me since I love history instead it turned out to be one of my least favorite historical non fiction books I think the reason for that is because it was a fact book about the important events in her life instead of a memoir where she discusses how she felt in doing these events And honestly I would think of this book as a reference for a history report instead of a story One thing I did enjoy about this book was looking at all [...]


    3. Loved this book I found out in December through family history that I m a descendent of Queen Eleanor I had a daughter last month and named her Eleanor, after Queen Eleanor, our ancestor I read this book to know about who she was and wow I picked a great lady to name my daughter after Great read


    4. Eleanor of Aquitaine for the Nancy Drew set Looking for a quick read in my daughter s bookshelves, I spotted this and had a look The first thing I noticed was that it was suitable for ages 11 and up I am well over eleven so I started reading and, surprisingly, found that I quite enjoyed it Fast and fun Good lord, I hope I m not entering my second childhood already.


    5. Didn t realize this was a book for young people when I grabbed it, so I m judging it as that I think this would be a good introduction to Eleanor of Aqitaine, and would entice someone new to the subject to read .


    6. This book is the perfect primer on Eleanore of Aquitaine It is older nonfiction, but it reads like a story from one end of her life to the other The feats Eleanor accomplished in her lifetime were remarkable especially as a Queen in Medieval times Read this if you would like to begin to understand a great and complex woman who was one of the most interesting figures in all of history.




    7. I don t know a whole lot about Eleanor of Aquitaine, so I can t speak definitively as to the accuracy of this book That is why I picked this book though, it was a nice, short biography, just enough to give me a basic idea as to who Eleanor was and what she did As a whole, I found the book to be short, sweet and to the point It was basically just the facts with no implications or interpretation of the facts While usually I don t like this, I found it pleasurable, but only because I don t know any [...]


    8. This was one of the titles listed on my daughter s school website as great reads for freshman Compared to some of the other titles mentioned on the list I was surprised to find this one was not a read with challenging vocabulary Previously our book for Language Arts had been Romeo and Juliet, with some very dated language we are not accustomed to hearing or reading The information about Eleanor of Aquitaine was informative and delivered in an engaging enough way that neither my daughter nor I wi [...]


    9. I gave it four stars, because I learned quite a bit about Eleanor The book was a fast read and I was engaged the entire time There were many different connections between other works of literature Plus, she was a pretty great women who made changes I was kind of annoyed with her in the beginning But as she grew older she became wise and knowledgeable, and she made better decisions.


    10. This is a very short, simple biography There is virtually no analysis of the facts and it is clearly written for a young reader, but it does give a good, broad overview of Eleanor s life It is enough to make me want to learn about her at some point and consider critical analyses of her decisions and adventures.


    11. Read this in less than a day, it s a good quick introduction for anyone unfamiliar with Eleanor of Aquitaine Details are a bit sparse in sections, but it s not a bad way to spend a lazy afternoon Especially good for those who just want facts about her to have an idea of who Eleanor was before delving into detailed books.


    12. My daughter needed to read a biography for school so we picked up a few at the library, including this one I did enjoy reading it as it was a nice brush up on some European Medieval history She was quite a woman, certainly worth learning about I really want to encourage my kids to read biographies diversify a little


    13. This is a good beginning point for those who are interested in Eleanor of Aquitaine I realize that this was written with a young audience in mind, so there are no footnotes and references and very few primary source quotes Unfortunately, the writing is thin, factual, and leads the reader into very little flavor of the period.


    14. Required 10 grade AP reading.I took detailed notes on this book I dreaded reading it, but was a little surprised Hated the beginning, because the writing was so straight forward and encyclopedia style, but I ended up liking it A little girly, but that doesn t bother me It was ok I won t read it again, hopefully.


    15. Written for children, I very much enjoyed this book even as an adult It was a very interesting story no matter what, but she writes in a way that s easy to understand and creates an exciting narrative Sometimes you learn the most from what is simply stated.


    16. Great book Eleanor is such a fascinating and interesting charachter, and this book was really exciting And this is coming from a fantasy lover I recommend this book to anyone who wants adventure and drama, with the fascinating fact that it all really happened.


    17. Had to read this for 10 pre AP Language Arts.I was neither bored nor interested by this book I could stand to read a few chapters a time due to their brevity, but I found my mind would wander incessantly I hope I don t forget everything by August.


    18. I love stories of strong women Even better when they re true Eleanor was an amazing woman, who led a life that the rest of us can hardly fathom She married two kings, had 10 children, lived to the age of 82 in the middle ages even and never lost her identity.


    19. I read this book for my first semester project for Mr Rourke I survived and I ended up really loving it It was written in such a compelling way that I actually looked forward to reading it.


    20. Quick, easy intro to Eleanor of Aquitaine and the other players of that time period Good jumping off point for thorough study of Eleanor, France, and England in the Middle Ages.



    21. This is on par with a high school reader but I loved reading about this era and led me to other books about this time period.


    22. Short, consice biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine Doesn t go into much details of have much by way of analysis Fairly simplistic at times.



    23. More interesting than I thought it would be Now I m interested in reading other biographies of English Royalty.





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