A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver (Paperback)

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Eleanor of Aquitaine is in Heaven, waiting to learn whether or not her second husband, King Henry II of England, will be able to join her. Henry had died even before Eleanor, but he still had not won admission into Heaven. Waiting with Eleanor are Henry's mother, Matilda-Empress, and William the Marshal. A chance encounter with Abbot Suger, an old friend of Eleanor's from the time of her first marriage, starts the four of them remembering times past. Each person in turn tells a part of Eleanor's life, vividly illustrating the excitement of living in twelfth-century England and France, and especially the excitement of being Eleanor. Wife of two kings, mother of two others, Richard the Lion Heart and John, she set the tone of court life for her times, sponsored poets and musicians, established the legend of King Arthur as a romantic feature of English literature, set the Rules of Courtly Love, and helped rule a kingdom that spanned from Scotland to the Pyrenees. And she did all this in a time when a king could keep his queen a prisoner -- and did!

This book is a novel, fiction, fantasy even. But everything in it about Eleanor and her family and her times is true.


Publisher Simon & Schuster
Mfg Part# 9780689301117
SKU 30125943
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0689301111
Release Date 6/1/1973
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 1T
Author Info
E. L. Konigsburg
Elaine Loeb Konigsburg attended Carnegie-Mellon University where she majored in chemistry. After graduation she worked as a chemist and taught chemistry before becoming a mother and a full-time author. Her first two novels were both published in 1967--the first, JENNIFER, HECATE, MACBETH, WILLIAM, MCKINLEY, AND ME, ELIZABETH was named a Newbery Honor Book; the second, FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER won the Newbery Medal and continues to be a children's classic. She won the Newbery Medal again for her novel VIEW FROM SATURDAY. In addition to her work as an author, Konigsburg is also a painter; her artwork illustrates many of her novels.
"With great ingenuity and wit, [Konigsburg] has fashioned a novel based on the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine and has succeeded in making history amusing...interesting."
"One of the most fresh, imaginative, and deft biographies to come along in a long, long time, this story of Eleanor of Aquitaine is unusual both in format and in the sophisticated vitality of the writing style."
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Annotation This fictionalized biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine takes place in heaven while she waits for her dear husband King Henry II to arrive. To pass the time, Eleanor, her mother-in-law and her priest take turns reminiscing about both the good and bad times in Eleanor's life, giving the reader an unusual and amusing look at her and the Middle Ages.
Editors Note Eleanor of Aquitaine's life is unfolded as she and three other persons reminisce while waiting for King Henry II to join them in heaven.
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 10
Number of Pages 0208
Publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Series Part 0001

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