Eleanor de Montfort

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  • Hardcover
  • 232 pages
  • Eleanor de Montfort
  • Louise J. Wilkinson
  • English
  • 22 February 2018
  • 9781847251947

About the Author: Louise J. Wilkinson

Prof Louise Wilkinson gained her doctorate at Kings College London and is now Reader in Medieval History at Christ Church Canterbury University and has published numerous articles and books on Queenship, childhood and women in Medieval England Her particular interest lies in the role of women in thirteenth century political life, a theme explored in her 2012 book Eleanor de Montfort a Rebel Cou

Eleanor de MontfortAs Sister Of Henry III And Aunt Of The Future Edward I, Eleanor De Montfort Was At The Heart Of The Bloody Conflict Between The Crown And The English Barons At Lewes In 1264 Simon De Montfort Captured The King And Secured Control Of Royal Government A Woman Of Fiery Nature, Eleanor Worked Tirelessly To Support Her Husband S Cause She Assumed Responsibility For The Care Of The Royal Prisoners And She Regularly Dispatched Luxurious Gifts To Henry III And The Lord Edward But The Family S Political Fortunes Were Shattered At The Battle Of Evesham In August 1265 Where Simon De Montfort Was Killed The Newly Widowed Eleanor Rose To Her Role As Matriarch Of Her Family, Sending Her Surviving Sons And The Family Treasure Overseas To France, Negotiating The Surrender Of Dover Castle And Securing Her Own Safe Departure From The Realm The Last Ten Years Of Her Life Were Spent In The Dominican Convent At Montargis.Drawing On Chronicles, Letters And Public Records This Book Reconstructs The Narrative Of Eleanor S Remarkable Life.

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10 thoughts on “Eleanor de Montfort

  1. Orsolya says:

    If you are a mother debating naming your daughter Eleanor then take note from Medieval English history that your offspring may turn out to be sassy, dramatic, fiercely independent, a warrior, and plain and simply a badass Hey, that doesn t sound too bad, does it The Eleanors of Medieval times were certainly a feisty bunch and Eleanor de Montfort was no exception The life of Eleanor the youngest daughter of the detested King John and sister to King Henry III doesn t fill volumes on the shelves nor is she the subject of plays, movies, or stories This is a shame as her life story, two marriages, and the Civil War against Eleanor s brother, the King, led by Eleanor s second husband and own sons is worth multiple spotlights Louise J Wilkinson attempts to portrait Eleanor in, Eleanor de Montfort A Rebel Countess in Medieval England Although lacking in documents that highlight Eleanor s personal thoughts and feelings a mountain of source material exists depicting Eleanor s family, movements, husbands, expenditures, accounts, relations with the King, and other life events Wilkinson draws upon these foundations to create a macro and micro look at this formidable princess and woman Eleanor de Montfort is certainly scholarly and academic with Wilkinson not shying away from detail and depth Yet, the text is not dry despite some reviewers complaints being that Wilkinson has an eloquent and literary style to her language she could probably pen a brilliant historical fiction novel Yes, there are moments where the pace slackens, Wilkinson lingers, and is repetitive but overall the momentum is strong with the material being sticky and memorable Typically, historical biographies that describe of the events surrounding a figure rather than the actual individual results in a less than illuminating piece that fails to bring the figure alive That is not the case with Eleanor de Montfort as Eleanor is bright and loud with readers gaining a true insight into the woman That being said, Wilkinson does include speculative would have and could have statements which damper credibility and should be taken with a grain of salt Wilkinson avoids biases and stereotypes, managing to be objective in Eleanor de Montfort but maintains a strong, feminist voice that is never over the top or pushed onto the reader As Eleanor de Montfort progresses, Eleanor s personality sparkles even brighter and the heartbeat of the biography increases its rapid pace Even when Wilkinson is merely paraphrasing household account books, a narrative is offered and a whole picture view is expressed On a negative note, there are some unanswered questions in Eleanor de Montfort and jumpy text that isn t cohesive to the hypothesis of the theme This isn t overly detrimental to the text but it can be occasionally disheartening The concluding chapters of Eleanor de Montfort are disjointed and feel rather rushed Eleanor seems to take a slight sideline role as Wilkinson focuses on her husband and sons rebellions against the King The ending is notably abrupt and cut off as though Wilkinson hit her word count and had to quickly abort the writing Wilkinson supplements Eleanor de Montfort with genealogical charts, a map, annotated notes, and a bibliography which gratifyingly contains a long list of primary sources Sadly, Eleanor de Montfort is absent of a section of photo plates which would have strengthened the piece.Despite minor flaws and a poor conclusion Eleanor de Montfort is an engaging look at a larger than life, noteworthy woman who sadly seems to be somewhat lost in the history annals Wilkinson s writing is riveting and smooth and her level of academia and research is uncompromised Eleanor de Montfort is recommended for all readers interested in Medieval English history and or feminist character studies.

  2. Sarah u says:

    Before reading this book, I had chatted about it in groups with friends Some described it as dry, which to me shows no two people read the same book, because I didn t find this dry at all I found it engaging, detailed, thorough and an excellent study of the life of Eleanor of England, daughter of king John and sister of Henry III I particularly enjoyed the chapter about 1265 an important year, and a year for which Eleanor s household accounts survive The author focuses on Eleanor and does not meander into the lives of the men around Eleanor, which was good for me because I have books about the men already I wanted to read about Eleanor, and this book provided This is the life of Eleanor, patchy though it is in places I thought this was an excellent read and would recommend it.

  3. Jodi says:

    Louise Wilkinson has done wonderful work with a topic with scant records available Eleanor de Montfort, being a younger daughter of a Medieval king, was not going to have extensive records concerning her childhood With her value being associated with her marriage contract her life until marriage would be recorded in the annals as of an accident than a purposeful record Eleanor, not as dynamic as her namesake and predecessor, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was interesting nonetheless Married to two men of considerable influence, she played a much prominent role in the mid to late 1200 s then could have been typical.Although the book often seemed repetitive as Eleanor fought for her dowager rights and the continual mention of how many deer she was awarded by her brother, Henry III, Wilkinson was doing all she could with the material mentioning her Use of many sources, with as many primary as possible, Wilkinson does cover as much as possible There were a few areas that the leap was made such as the movements of Eleanor between England and France at the time of her exile Some of that could have been interesting but one understands the lack of records verifying events.Lastly, there often seemed to be lack of transition that could have made reading better An example is the report of Eleanor s death The paragraph above told how she had properties restored to her by Edward I and the top sentence of the next announced her death a year and a half later Couldn t Wilkinson have said something like, Eleanor was not to enjoy the benefits of the property restoration for long as she died on 13 April 1275 Just a suggestion.

  4. Dean Irwin says:

    This is one of the most impressive non fiction history books that I ve read in quite some time and is made all the impressive because the subject of the narrative has often been overshadowed by her illustrious or infamous relations her brother King Henry III, her nephew Edward I, her husbands William Marshal Jr and Simon de Montfort Moreover, Wilkinson maintains her academic integrity while, at the same time, producing a highly readable and incredibly well researched and written book Indeed, while Eleanor s life is remarkably well documented, Wilkinson isn t afraid to say that the extant source material simply doesn t tell us about this or that, something that many biographers particularly male historians of medieval people often struggle with That being said, Wilkinson attempts to fill in the blanks with plausible explanations though she expertly caveats those explanations Overall, Wilkinson s biography of Eleanor de Montfort, is a fantastic study in its own right, but it also goes a considerable way to bucking the recent historiographical trend of moving away from biography s because, in shining a light on a largely forgotten and overshadowed thirteenth century noble woman, Wilkinson has brought to life the story of one of England s most astute and dominant personalities of the thirteenth century her gender only serves to make her accomplishments all the impressive However, if you read this book and don t leave it thinking that this should really be made into a Hollywood blockbuster though they invariably ruin such stories then you ve either not read the book properly or require urgent help.

  5. Gin Tadvick says:

    Interesting study of Eleanor de Montfort It is obvious that Louise put a large effort into the research of this extrordinary woman.