Books: The Greatest Frenchwoman

ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE AND THE FOUR KINGS (431 pp.)—Amy Kelly—Harvard University ($5).

The young Queen of France was bored. "I thought to have married a king," Eleanor of Aquitaine complained to her intimates, "but find I have wed a monk."

At the moment, Queen Eleanor's state of mind made little difference to pious Louis VII; he went right on saying his prayers. But in time the sense of incompatibility grew on Louis too; he agreed to have their marriage annulled—on the ground that they were fourth cousins and were not rightly wed in the first place. Before the year (1152) was...

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