Thursday, February 9, 2012

Eleanor of Aquitaine ~ by David Hilliam

Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Richest Queen in Medieval Europe ~ by David Hilliam, 2005, YA biography, 7/10

This is the first of the six library books on Eleanor that I've completed, mostly because it was tall and thin, looked like a quick read (it was), and was awkward to place on my shelf of books from the library.  It was okay, but I wasn't particularly impressed with it.  I guess it gave me the facts about her life in such a way that I have a sort of overview, but I had that from reading the summaries of books about her as I was deciding which I wanted to read.  I think it's interesting that the author chose three books "For Further Reading":
  1. another one by himself on kings and queens,
  2. a biography not in my library system, and
  3. a biography I first discovered and want to read several years ago.
Luckily, that book — Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life by Alison Weir — is one of the six I checked out last week.  Maybe it will rate higher than the 7 of 10 that I give this one.

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