Colta e bellissima, ambiziosa e spregiudicata, Eleonora d’Aquitania vive in un’epoca, il XII secolo, in cui le donne sono ridotte al silenzio e all’obbedienza. Ma lei è determinata a ribellarsi a ogni costrizione: partecipa alla seconda Crociata; divorzia dal primo marito – Luigi VII, re di Francia – e, nello sconcerto generale, sposa Enrico II d’Inghilterra, di undici anni più giovane; diventa la musa dei trovatori nella sua «Corte d’amore» a Poitiers, dove si cantano la passione e la sensualità; tratta come pedine di un gioco politico i due figli più amati, Riccardo Cuor di Leone e Giovanni. Il mondo la odia e la teme, ma non riesce a fermarla: sulla sua strada, Eleonora lascerà vittime innocenti e cuori straziati, in un turbine che finirà per travolgere lei stessa.
Dalle nebbiose città inglesi all’Oriente delle Crociate, dalla Terrasanta al lusso della corte bizantina, Elizabeth Chadwick dipinge il ritratto di una donna straordinaria per la sua modernità, che ha amato, tradito, sofferto e lottato contro rivalità, odi e pregiudizi, proprio come una donna di oggi.
- ISBN: 8867024957
- Casa Editrice: Tre60
- Pagine: 476
I often ask myself what drives me to keep reading novels about figures I know so well. I have read numerous biographies on Eleanor of Aquitaine, I have read about her in novels and I have travelled to France and England to walk in her footsteps. I know all of the key points in her life, the known fa Leggi tutto
The Summer Queen is the first in a planned trilogy based on the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine (or Alienor as she is called here). After the glut of Eleanor novels a couple of years ago, this review is written with the assumption that most readers are familiar with Eleanor’s history. This review will Leggi tutto
Read in 2013. Reread in 2016.
It was quite an experience to read The Summer Queen as I had virtually no knowledge at all of the history of the royals of Europe during the middle ages. Yes I admit it. It is not a period that has attracted me much. So it was a bit of a challenge. It was a treat to see maps and family trees on the
My standards might have been too high for this one to meet. I cannot read the story of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine without having Sharon Kay Penman 's novels in the back of my mind. Chadwick's version has a different focus, so far, looking at Eleanor as a young girl and Queen of France, so that Leggi tutto
"When the light from the vase had spilled onto the tablecloth, he had taken it as a sign from God that the forthcoming marriage was divinely blessed." Not so much Eleanor is thought to be one of the most influential women in Western Civilization. Born to be a ruler she married King Louis VII of France Leggi tutto
A novel about one of my favorite historical characters written by one of my favorite authors. I love how much detail is included, yet so easy to read. It's hard to put down. I read the whole book in one day!!! You won't be disappointed. Full review on my blog: https://poetryofreading.blogspot.com/.. Leggi tutto
Also published on Luthien Reviews . At the beginning of The Summer Queen , we meet thirteen-year-old Alienor, the eldest daughter and heir of William X, Duke of Aquitaine, on the eve of her father’s pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. When the sickly duke dies on the pilgrimage road, Alienor Leggi tutto
Chadwick......we have high expectations and she never let's us down. I even ordered my copy from England because I couldn't wait for the US release. Finally a book on Alienor for grown ups. Alienor isn't a tramp, as so many popular historians and HF books like to make her out to be for entertainment Leggi tutto
Yes, I know that I am a shameless EC fangirl. Every new release has me scanning the offerings from England, and when I see a new title, I swoop down on it like an owl on a field mouse. This time Ms. Chadwick tells the early story of Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the most fascinating women in history, Leggi tutto
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