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In an age when women were considered a necessary evil and expected to bear sons and be quiet, she defied tradition. She ruled vast territories. She created a definition of love that survives to this day. Telling her story in Eleanor's voice, Robert Fripp shows us Medieval Europe through her eyes: Crusades, wars, enmities, alliances, eternal subterfuge. Fripp's vision brings the very stones and glass of cathedrals and castles to life. History becomes a tapestry which Eleanor works, stitch by stitch.

Memoirs of a Turbulent Life book. This book was surprisingly good. The author attempts to write the last autobiographical thoughts of the great Eleanor of Aquitaine in a first-person narrative. The feminine spirit soars as medieval. Considering the separation between him and his subject in historical time, social and cultural background and gender, he does quite well and displays an amazing knowledge of the time period in France and England.

She speaks intimately, emotionally of her "too many quarreling sons," including Richard the Lionheart and John, of Magna Carta fame. A patron of troubadours, Eleanor commissions poetry as propaganda

Memoirs of a turbulent life: Eleanor o. .Eleanor tells her astonishing story in "Power of a Woman

Memoirs of a turbulent life: Eleanor o.Eleanor tells her astonishing story in "Power of a Woman. Memoirs of a Turbulent Life: Eleanor of Aquitaine": Marriages to two warring kings, court intrigues, ruthless diplomacy, crusade, exile, command of an empire and her struggle for women's rights.

IN THIS HISTORICAL FICTION novel, Power of a Woman, Eleanor of Aquitaine recalls memoirs of ‘interesting’ times. Eleanor fought her long life through to build and keep feminine power in an era dominated by men of the Church and royal courts. Power of a Woman captures Eleanor’s thoughts in her voice, recalling exploits that carried her through the peaks and troughs of the turbulent years.

Eleanor of Aquitaine brings her astonishing odyssey to life in POWER OF A WOMAN, her memoir of marriages to two warring kings, Louis VII of France, then England's Henry II. Eleanor recalls wars, intrigues and ruthless diplomacy while confessing her loves, her hopes for her children and their. Eleanor recalls wars, intrigues and ruthless diplomacy while confessing her loves, her hopes for her children and their fates - wresting power from kings and popes while carving space for the feminine in history. Dry wit marks Eleanor's tale of her Court of Ladies and her mystique as the femme fatale of her day. Chicago's Margaret Schmidt calls Robert Fripp "a rare magician, a writer's writer.

The feminine spirit soars as medieval Europe's most exceptional woman recalls her astonishing odyssey, in 'Power of a Woman. Memoirs of a turbulent life: Eleanor of Aquitaine. In her eighty-first year, Eleanor recalls her wars, crusades, intrigues, troubadours and ruthless diplomacy while confessing her loves, hopes for her children and their fates.

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As entertaining and interesting as the premise of this biographical novel by Mr. Fripp seemed, I couldn't get past the first 25 pages - the author warns that Eleanor, dictating her memoirs to a lady-in-waiting who can write, rambles from time to time, but it was a bit repetitive and I lost interest. Also, the cover bothers me, especially the eyes.

POWER OF A WOMAN is Eleanor's memoir of her marriages to two . More Books by Robert Fripp.

POWER OF A WOMAN is Eleanor's memoir of her marriages to two warring kings, Louis VII of France, followed by Henry II of England, in one of history's most tumultuous periods. Eleanor's memoirs bring the age of troubadours alive. Eleanor was queen of France for fifteen years. In POWER OF A WOMAN, Eleanor describes her glamorous, difficult, awkward, argumentative life, a life she played to win. In the end she can sum up her triumphs and tragedies: "How fortunate I was for a few years in my husbands: the monk, and the young bull in spring. See All. Wessex Tales: "In the land of the great stone rings" (Story 5). 2013.

Medieval times rage as Eleanor of Aquitaine relates her memoirs in stories and adventures from a long, turbulent life. Her spirit soars as she recalls her triumphs and trials. 'Power of a Woman. Memoirs of a turbulent life: Eleanor of Aquitaine' is truly the book worthy of this flesh-and-iron queen! This historical fiction novel has Eleanor telling tales of wars -- 'Oh, the indignity of being a woman at war' -- crusades, bards and ruthless diplomacy, while confessing love and hopes for her many children and their fates. Eleanor gives the impression of having lived several lives. Adventure, betrayal, grace, fight and loyalty: all find place in stories she tells from stormy marriages to two warring kings; first France's Louis VII, then England's Henry II. At 81, Eleanor, our raconteur, has salted away an odyssey worth telling. She takes pride in the grace she enjoyed as the femme fatale of her day: 'This old carcass once embodied the feminine ideal,' she tells her young secretary. Later in life, putting her husbands aside, Eleanor's Court of Ladies in Poitiers helped lift feminine minds out of domination by the twin male hierarchies of Church and state.Eleanor spent much of her life listening (to Peter Abelard perhaps), certainly to Abbot Suger, several bards, and William Marshall. Her life was a fight, as she pleaded, loved, hated, counseled and argued with an A-list of medieval luminaries: husbands Louis VII and Henry II, Thomas Becket, several popes, more bishops, a future saint, Bernard of Clairvaux, the Holy Roman Emperor, dukes and lesser nobles.Eleanor had eight children, by two kings. Especially troubling were three power-hungry sons, Young Henry, Richard the Lionheart and King John, in that order. She voices sharp opinions of just about everyone in her family and her circle before telling us, 'They left me worn, these men, but they didn't level me!' No human could do that. In her final week of life she can truly assert, 'Kings have lain me, but no man can claim me'. Eleanor leaves us a medieval memoir worthy of her life.

Robert Fripp's fresh take of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine is both brimming with acute historical accuracy and filled with deep insight into the mind of one of the most remarkable women in history.
"Do all one's memories speak truth? Some must be wishes masked as recollections, borne as fact upon the current of old time. the loneliness of age bestows one singular advantage: no mortal body from my generation lives to contradict what I shall say."
Thus--from the gentle confines of Fontevrault Abbey, where she retired to spend her twilight years--Eleanor recounts the story of her life to Aline, her young companion.
From her upbringing as the beloved older daughter of Duke William of Aquitaine, through her nearly sexless marriage to Louis of France, Eleanor is held in check by her sex and position.
It's only in her marriage to the fiery, passionate Henry II of England that Eleanor's true potential as a worthy political and marital match comes to the fore.
Mr. Fripp tells her true. An engrossing read, Power of a Turbulent Woman, is a pleasurable mixture of historical chronicle and a lovely, intimate bard's tale.
This well-written, first-person tale about a very important historical figure held my interest and delighted me through a long read. I felt a kinship and an appreciation for this woman, who ruled rival countries and multiple duchies, accompanied two crusades, conducted her own kind of diplomacy with popes and rulers throughout Europe, and suffered more than a little adversity in her eighty-some years.

The memoir format, in which the aged queen dictates life-stories to a scribe, seemed a bit contrived at first but I came to appreciate how this artifice provides the reader with context and continuity. The author's use of language was artful and sometimes reminded me of Shakespeare's best turns of phrase. Fripp includes enough examples of French, Latin, and local dialects -- and comments about their differences -- to mark cultural contrasts and help the reader appreciate how provincial the western world was in the 11th century.
Robert Fripp has set himself a difficult task: to recreate a life lived 800 years ago in the protagonist's own words. Like many historical novelists, especially those writing memoirs, he chose to tell the tale as he imagined Eleanor would have spoken it and by and large succeeded--if you are willing to accept his vision of what Eleanor was like. I couldn't. I became weary of her florid, flighty, verbose style, with its many digressions (partly because Fripp tried to slip in as much historical fact and background as he could). But different readers are looking for different things. For those unfamiliar with Eleanor, this is a painless and possibly enthralling introduction. The history is all there--though I would have welcomed an index and a genealogical tree. But Fripp's Eleanor lacked the stature, the depth and the intelligence of the Eleanor I met long ago in the seminal work, Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings, by Amy Kelly, to which many readers have paid what they consider the supreme compliment: nonfiction that reads like a novel. (The New Yorker reviewer said it makes even the best historical novel seem like pap.) Suggestion: read Fripp for the fun of it, then turn to Kelly--fully as enthralling, though perhaps not as painless.
What can I say? He has the words, and even some of the prose, but the way he puts them together is awful. The premise is that Eleanor is telling her life story in her old age. It's a fascinating life story, and one would think that a fascinating woman would tell it in a riveting way. Alas, no. I think I've read most of the extant fiction and biographies of Eleanor and this one is at the bottom of the list. I made it through the first 12 pages and then put it down. I wish I could get my money back.
I was disappointed at how dry this read was. Eleanor was a fascinating and amazing woman, and as best I can tell, no saint. As a "memoir", this was peculiarly passionless. Perhaps Eleanor would have presented herself of largely virtuous and innocent of all the sins she has historically been accused of, especially looking back from her advanced age. But in so doing, it somehow sucks most of the drama out of her story.
I found this book to be incredibly entertaining. It's a memoire (drawn from translations) from a woman who lived almost 1,000 years ago and for some reason the conclusions she draws from her experiences as a woman in control of land, privvy to political change, and smack-dab in the middle of the crusades seems to be the same types of conclusions we could draw upon today. History repeats itself, but this book makes it entertaining insomuch as Aleanor dictates to her secretary that which she really thinks about life, education, social norms, men, and a woman's place in society--even women of power. She's a hoot and comes off as a tough old broad with much to say and the freedom to say it at the end of her days. I have read the book 4 times and love it. It is noted on the book cover that one could just hear Katherine Hepburn's voice as they read the book(picture Katherine's performance in "The Lion in Winter" movie). I couldn't agree more.
Very enjoyable light history read. The author uses a nice method of relating the story of this incredible woman who relates her tale to her hand maiden. Very, very well written with some of the best one line quotes I have ever read. Although this is a work of historical fiction, based on fact, the author does a great job in relating a 21st century perspective on this 10th century heroin.
I got allot out of this book and I thought it was fun to read. It's also share-able.
Great story - when one considers how 'second rate' women were thought to be in that era, this book tells us what a strong woman Eleanor was.She made her own decisions and lived the life she wanted to, the way she wanted.