Was there ever a ruler, man or woman, quite as fascinating as Eleanor of Aquitaine? The ruler of France's largest kingdom from the age of 15, Eleanor (1122- 1204) was renowned for beauty, intelligence, and the thoughtful application of power. Her marriage to her second husband, Henry Plantagenet of Normandy, brought her to the English throne; the birth of their sons John Lackland and Richard I Lionheart forever changed the face of medieval European history. Always at the center of her world, Eleanor remains a fascinating figure even today, and Amy Kelly captures the whirlwind of her life in this entrancing biography.
A chronicle written with a dash and spirit… As a history of the violent, vigorous, brutal, treacherous, idealistic and generally spectacular twelfth century in Western Europe, Kelly's book is absorbing… I found every bit of it fascinating. (Orville Prescott New York Times
I recently read Eleanor of Acquitane and the Four Kings
for the third time, and pray that I live long enough to read it at least twice more. A beautifully written work of impeccable scholarship, it re-creates Eleanor and her 12th-century background in meticulous, mezmerizing detail. (Alan Helms Boston Sunday Globe
A magnificent book, thorough and complete and beautifully written. (Thomas B. Costain)
The book is based on sound scholarship and written with selective skill and with considerable style. (New Yorker
Amy Kelly writes truth for truth. When she does not know, she says so. When she guesses, she says she is guessing. She makes no 'attempt to fictionize.' Yet her book reads like colorful romance…rich and stimulating. (Thomas Caldecot Chubb New York Times Book Review