Tigress & the Rose
Eleanor of Aquitaine & the Fair
By Richard Cameron Low
Book Guild Ltd.
423 Pages, 6 1/4" x 9 1/2"
The twelfth century in England is a period of history that is rife with mysteries
and contradictions. It is also host to some of the most famous, dramatic and
romantic moments in British history: Henry II's legendary love affair with Rosamond
Clifford: the murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral; Richard I's Third
Crusade to the Holy Land and his confrontation with Saladin; the miseries of
England under the stewardship of Prince John, and that monarch' later reluctant
signing of the Magna Carta. In this book, Richard Low examines in detail the
period from 1140 to the death of Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Many years of painstaking research have led him to question a number of crucial
aspects of this period. When did Henry's long love affair with Rosamond really
begin, and what are the implications of this? Did Eleanor conceive a son on
her travels during the Second Crusade, and if so, what was his identity? Was
he, in fact, Saladin himself? Why did Thomas Becket's manner and attitude undergo
such a great transformation after he was made Archbishop of Canterbury? Could
Eleanor have been involved?
These and many other historical conundrums are examined and carefully unraveled,
leading to some surprising and often shocking conclusions. Revisionist history
at its best, this book combines erudition and high adventure to present a vision
of twelfth century-century Europe as you have never seen it before.
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