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Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Founding an Empire
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Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Founding an Empire (Hardback)

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Henry II became King of England in 1154 after twenty years of civil war. He was the first Plantagenet king, the founder of England's most successful and longest ruling dynasty.



But Henry did not come to the throne alone. He had married Eleanor of Aquitaine, a feisty, formidable and powerful woman ten years his elder. Eleanor had spent fifteen years married to Louis VII of France before he divorced her, only to be angered when she married his young rival.



Together, they were a medieval power couple who soon added the ultimate rank of King and Queen Consort to their list of titles. The Angevin Empire was born.



Over the decades, a wedge was driven between the king, fiercely protective of his empire, and Eleanor, who felt restrained in her husband's shadow. Henry imprisoned his wife, fought his elder sons and pinned his hopes on his youngest, whose betrayal was the last straw.



This book will chart the early lives of Henry and Eleanor before they became a European power couple, examine the impact of their union on contemporaries and European politics before exploring the birth of the Angevin Empire that spread from Northumberland to the Mediterranean and the causes of the disintegration of that vast territory as well as the troublesome relationships with his own sons, who dragged their father to the battlefield to defend his lands from their ambitious intriguing.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500Medieval history Publisher: Amberley Publishing Publication Date: 15/06/2021 ISBN-13: 9781445671567  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Matthew Lewis is an author and historian with particular interest in the medieval period. His books include a history of the Wars of the Roses, a biography of Richard, 3rd Duke of York, and two novels of historical fiction telling the life of King Richard III and the aftermath of the Battle of Bosworth. He also writes a history blog, sharing thoughts and snippets. He can be found on Twitter @MattLewisAuthor.

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