Monday, April 26, 2010

Guest Post by Christy English + GIVEAWAY!!


This morning I'm thrilled to start off my week with  NEW Author:  Christy English here on EBJ.  English has written a 'cannot put-it-down' novel on Eleanore and Alais...(upcoming review!!)  Today she shares this thought provoking post on who she believes best represents a modern day Eleanore...Read on and then please tell us what you think!


Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Modern Medieval Woman
By Christy English


Eleanor of Aquitaine was not a modern woman. She grew up in castles with no light and no heat, with no running water. When her father died, men plotted to kidnap her so that they might steal her duchy while they enjoyed her body, thinking to make themselves Duke of Aquitaine. Throughout her life, she avoided abduction through guile and courage. The few times a man actually managed to abduct her, Eleanor always had a loyal defender to drive him off, her first husband, Louis VII of France, her second husband, Henry II of England, and later her sons, Richard the Lionhearted and King John.

Chroniclers defined Eleanor through whatever man she was married to at the time, or by her sons. I am convinced, however, that no historian, then or now, has ever told the true life story of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Though she was hemmed in by the medieval religious and social strictures all her time, nothing ever stopped Eleanor from doing what she wanted to do. No matter how hard she had to work, or how long she had to wait to achieve a goal, Eleanor of Aquitaine never gave up.

These could easily be modern traits as well. Two notable women come to my mind who embody this kind of courage in our own political era are Michelle Obama and Hilary Rodham Clinton. Neither of these women had doting fathers to train them in the ways of statecraft and to leave them in possession of rich duchies upon his death. But, like Eleanor, both of these women have risen to political power through grit and guile, while supporting the men who helped them rise to power: their husbands.

In my novel, THE QUEEN’S PAWN, Eleanor of Aquitaine has met her political match in her second husband and rival for power, Henry II of England. Though they have been estranged for years and have not shared a bed in almost a decade, she still holds a fascination for him that he is never truly released from. Even as she plots his ruin on the Continent, looking to make her sons’ take over the duchies of Aquitaine, Brittany and Normandy, Henry still loves her. The love Henry and Eleanor bear for each other outlasts time, mistresses and political betrayals. When Henry finally has to lock Eleanor away for the rest of his reign, he knows that if he does not, she will try again to take over his holdings in what is now modern day France. For, in the end, Henry knows Eleanor will never give up; if not kept under lock and key, she would be unstoppable.

A modern woman with similar grit is Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Like Eleanor, time and again, she has remade herself politically in her quest for power. Perhaps, when seen in the same light, Eleanor is a modern woman after all.


Now...What did you think of that?!

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Linda said...

When I saw in your opening paragraph a referral to a modern day Eleanor, I, also, immediately thought of Hillary Clinton. Another strong, independent, politically astute woman of the 20th century would be another Eleanor, Eleanor Roosevelt.

Thanks for the giveaway.

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I agree, I thought of Hilary Clinton also.

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Sounds like a fantastic read! Please enter me! Thanks!

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i LOVE Eleanor of Aquitaine, I would love to win this book. When I think of her, I think of women that really were the driving force behind their men that don't necessarily get much credit, like Laura Bush, where would he have been without her? nowhere probably.

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Pricilla said...

I think I would go with Hillary Clinton as well. Hillary has more erm, bite than Michelle Obama at least publicly.
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Elise said...

When I thought of who reminds me of a modern day Eleanor, I thought of Diane Feinstein. Bold woman. I also agree with the Hilary Clinton mention as well.

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Marie said...

Never though I'd hear Eleanor and Hilary being compared.. something to think about and grin about.
I enjoyed the post though! I do think that Eleanor is a formidable woman who endured - if not overcame - a lot of adversity; and is definitely someone worth reading about! I enjoyed Christy's novel for a lesser known slice of Eleanor's life.

Roberta said...

Great post and giveaway! For me a modern day match would be Oprah Winfrey...she has overcome every obstacle society has without the benefit of royal blood. She has come from nothing and has built an empire as a single (because she refused to give up her identity and power), black, female...now that is a true match to Eleanore. Fondly, Roberta
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Kate said...

Great post. It is true that a lot of authors get her wrong. I just read a really great one called Power of a Woman, that has a complex view of her as a woman and a leader.

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I'd love to be entered in the contest! I'm a follower!

No longer in the political game but how about Margaret Thatcher?

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Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. said...

I think Elizabeth II of England shares much with Eleanor. EIIR was never supposed to rule and has had to reinvent herself constantly to keep from loosing her throne, especially when her boys started acting up.
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Kristen said...

I have read a few histories of Eleanor and have always been disappointed since there just doesn't seem to be enough about her. Maybe reading a novel based on her would be the answer!

4everQueen said...

What an interesting and unique Author's Guest post! I would have never thought about comparing our Eleanor to one Lady of our century. It's been much fun reading this!
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Kitty said...

GFC follower----Kitty #353

I honestly don't know who to compare Eleanor with....hmmm

librarypat said...

I am a Follower.

Interesting post. Eleanor would never have survived as long as she did and have had the influence she did if she hadn't been stronger or as strong as the men who surrounded her.
I think in a way Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma (Myanmar) shares a similar spirit. The men who surround her have been trying to control and smother her influence for years. They are not succeeding. She still continues to fight for her rightful place and for freedom for herself, her people, and her country.

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Sarah E said...

I too thought of Hillary Clinton as being comparable to Eleanor of Aquitaine.

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angie said...

It's funny I read the question and then went back to read the description of Eleanore and then went back to what you had wrote. The first person that also came to my mind was Hilary Clinton:)
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