In medieval times, Eleanor of Aquitaine broke the mold for women, living life on her own terms, ultimately becoming queen of France and England.
Born in 1122 into the ruling family of the Duchy of Aquitaine, Eleanor quickly learns the art of diplomacy and power brokering. She marries the young Prince Louis, and becomes Queen of France while still a teenager. She accompanies her husband's ill-fated Second Crusade to win back the Holy Land, but returns demanding a divorce, a bold move for a medieval woman. Her second marriage to the Duke of Normandy leads to her coronation as Queen of England in 1154. Contrary to her reign in France, she learns to wield power at the English court, and forges strong alliances to establish a lasting dynasty.
Dramatic visuals and absorbing narrative combine to give young readers a close-up look at some of the most influential people of all time. Emphasizing the childhood of each famous individual, the books in this series blend personal diaries, school reports, family photographs, and primary quotes to create a scrapbook-style layout.
Timelines are used throughout to depict key events. The comprehensive presentation makes these books perfect for students assigned to read a biography.
"Striking jackets and an ample assortment of archival images….concise spirited narratives will pull readers into the story. Booklist
"These handsomely designed books present the lives and accomplishments of powerful leaders… Volumes are illustrated with maps and many colorful photographs of the art and sculpture that give substance to years long past."School Library Journal