A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

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By E. L. Konigsburg
Publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
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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 Henrys mother, MatildaEmpress, and William the Marshal. A chance encounter with Abbot Suger, an old friend of Eleanors from the time of her first marriage, starts the four of them remembering times past. Each person in turn tells a part of Eleanors life, vividly illustrating the excitement of living in twelfthcentury 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.

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33232 words33,232 words
201 pages201 pages
Lexile 770LLexile 770L
Grade 5 to 9Grade 5 to 9
Age 10-14Age 10-14
Published 1973Published 1973

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