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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, June 2, 2000
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Could not resist adding my praise for such a superior motion picture. Set in a violent, unstable time of frequent wars and unrelenting political machinations, "The Lion In Winter" captures a vivid 12th Century reality. A story set in the latter part of the reign of England's Henry II (Peter O'Toole), it explores the convoluted dynamics of royal family politics and medieval intrigue. Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katharine Hepburn), Henry's Queen, is released from her confinement in an English castle to join Henry at the Christmas court in France (at this time, Henry ruled large parts of modern France as well as England). Eleanor was confined due to her support of Henry's sons in their uprising against him. Henry does not want a reoccurence. Their sons included Richard, the Lion-Hearted (Anthony Hopkins) and the Magna Carta's King John, who are also at the Christmas court. A truly amazing cast of characters are propelled by magnificent performances and just about the best written dialogue ever put on film. Miss Hepburn's Eleanor won her an Academy Award for best actress. A terrific accompaniment to the movie is Alison Weir's recent book "Eleanor Of Aquitaine". Eleanor was the wife of two kings, the mother of three kings, the great-grandmother of two saints and lived through two Crusades. A fascinating woman, she lived into her 80s, outliving eight of her ten children. Henry succeeded in building and holding together an empire that stretched from Scotland to the south of France.
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Posted on Oct 18, 2011 12:34:39 PM PDT
She was great-grandmother to two saints? Which ones? I googled this and your review came up as the top result. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2011 8:00:58 AM PDT
FXO says:
That review was written years ago and I do not recall the basis for the saint statement. I believe it came from Alision Weir's book "Eleanor of Aquitaine" but not positive and not even positive that these were Roman Catholic saints (maybe the Eastern Church). Eleanor had 31 grandchildren but I don't know how many great grandchildren, and there appears to be some Byzantine-related descendents.
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