Richard Lionheart describes his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, a major medieval figure who was queen of France and then England. In 1173, she and three of her sons instigate a rebellion to overthrow the English king, Henry Plantagenet. How and why does she persuade her children to rise against their father? And how does a son cope with this conflict of loyalties?
This book rife with poetry and cruelty takes us to the heart of the connection between a mother and her favourite son – two individuals sustained by literature, unspoken love, honour and violence. It depicts a very accessible Middle Ages stripped of quaintness but full of emotion: modern and energising.
The extraordinary life of a powerful woman as told by her son, Richard Lionheart.
Aliénor d’Aquitaine racontée par son fils Richard Coeur de Lion.