Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of by Michael R. Evans

By Michael R. Evans

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1124-1204), queen of France and England and mom of 2 kings, has frequently been defined as the most outstanding girls of the center a while. but her actual achievements were embellished--and even obscured--by myths that experience grown up over 8 centuries. This procedure started in her personal lifetime, as chroniclers stated rumours of her scandalous behavior on campaign, and has persisted ever on account that. She has been variously seen as an adulterous queen, a massive mom and a jealous murderess, but in addition as a shopper of literature, champion of courtly love and proto-feminist defender of women's rights. Inventing Eleanor interrogates the myths that experience grown up round the determine of Eleanor of Aquitaine and investigates how and why historians and artists have invented an Eleanor who's very various from the 12th-century queen. The ebook first considers the medieval fundamental assets after which proceeds to track the post-medieval improvement of a twin of Eleanor, from demonic queen to feminist icon, in historiography and the wider culture.

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