The Aquitaine
May 24, 2017 12:47 PM   Subscribe

What is the best one - volume history or biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine?
posted by the man of twists and turns to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm sure it's been superseded in a scholarly sense, but I'll put in a plug for Amy Kelly's Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings (1950). It's grippingly written and will be excellent preparation if you want to read more.
posted by languagehat at 1:03 PM on May 24, 2017 [3 favorites]

I'm reading Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life by Alison Weir (published 1999) right now, and it seems to be solidly researched.
posted by orange swan at 2:44 PM on May 24, 2017 [4 favorites]

Seconding Alison Weir. In fact, I would recommend all of Weir's biographies of medieval women. If you're a Game of Thrones fan, Weir writes about the real deal, and the lives of the women she chronicles often put GoT to shame in their drama.
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 4:04 PM on May 24, 2017

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