Thursday, February 16, 2017

First Line Friday: Eleanor Edition II


Hello lovelies! I am still elbow-deep in research and I wouldn't have it any other way. One of the books I was most looking forward to finally arrived within the last week and it is one I am hoping will be most beneficial in really weeding out fact vs fiction in regards to Eleanor.

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"Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of the most famous women in medieval history, yet also one of the most inaccessible."

Now, I am still inclined to lean toward the 'exceptional', though I know that train of thought is going to be challenged a lot by this book. I'm cool with that, so long as my girl still gets her due respect. I mean, seriously, she was hauling ass all over England in her twilight years to collect Richard's ransom, which she HAND-DELIVERED HERSELF. And when her beloved Richard was dying, who stopped at nothing to be there with him when he died? Oh, right, HIS MOMMA!

After you've left your First Line below, stop by the blogs of my fellow First-Liners to see what they have waiting for you this week!


Rachel - Bookworm Mama




Lauraine - Lauraine's Notes



Robin - Robin's Nest


Kathleen - Kathleen Denly

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Thursday, February 9, 2017

First Line Friday: Eleanor Edition I



As you might have surmised by now given my posts here, on Twitter, and Facebook, I am in the process of writing a book about Eleanor of Aquitaine. I am supremely excited about this, because Eleanor is quite possibly my numero uno when it comes to favorite historical figures. I mean, come on, I named my daughter after her (Boudicca would've been a second choice, perhaps). I had a decent collection of non-fiction books regarding the original Eleanor started for my own little queen, but have now added multiple volumes as I read and research. So, as I will be immersed in the 12th century for the foreseeable future, I present my first of many First Lines about one of the most bad-ass women in history: Eleanor, Queen of England, Duchess of Aquitaine.

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"When Eleanor of Aquitaine died in 1204 her long career had been the most colorful and the stormiest of any English queen consort before or since."

Ain't that the truth!

After dropping me a line, check out what my fellow First Liners have for you this week.


Rachel - Bookworm Mama






Robin - Robin's Nest


Kathleen - Kathleen Denly

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Update!

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"From the heated loins of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine had sprung a genetic order of fighting royal monsters" (pg 38).

I'm not sure this could've been said any better.

#AmWriting

Happy Sunday!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Update!

While perusing It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Break-Ups in History, by Jennifer Wright...

This one is too pop culture-y for me to take seriously, but I enjoyed this line:

"Eleanor never responded because she had blocked Henry's number. Besides, she'd already overruled the pope in her last marriage. No one could expect her to take an archbishop
seriously" (page 41).