9.4.10

Eleanor of Aquitaine and Alaïs of France: a study in contrasts

Katherine Delors has invited a guest authoress Christy English, whose début novel, The Queen's Pawn, has just been released, discusses the contrasts of the real Eleanor and Alaïs...

Above, the dust of ages past covers the stone effigies of Eleanor and Henry II.

"...Eleanor of Aquitaine was an amazing woman. She was a brilliant politician and an heiress rarely seen in any age. The lands she inherited from her father stretched over what is now most of southern France. The power and wealth that those lands gave Eleanor served her all her life, as first she married Louis VII of France, and later when she married the man who would become King Henry II of England. At every moment of her life, Eleanor made hard choices, and she lived with the consequences of the choices she made..."More...

Both of these women lived in a time when women like children were better seen and not heard.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to both Christy English and Katherine Delors. How does Shakespeare say it? "...two of the fairest stars in all the heaven..." You give me such good ideas for presents...

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

* I prefer Aliénor d’Aquitaine, or Éléonore de Guyenne, to this spelling of Eleanor, they are more French.

1 comment:

Kate said...

Great post! I really loved your comparison. I just finished a great book about Eleanore called Power of a Woman, which was an amazing mix of memoir and narrative.