Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife to two kings, mother to two others, has been waiting in Heaven a long time eight centuries, or less to be reunited with her second husband, Henry II of England Finally, the day has come when Henry will be judged for admission While Eleanor, never a patient woman in life or afterlife, waits, three people, each of whom was close to Eleanor during a time of her life, join her Their reminiscences do far than help distract Eleanor they also paint a rich portrait of an extraordinary woman who was front and center in a remarkable period in history and whose accomplishments have had an important influence on society through the ages....
|Title||:||A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver|
|Number of Pages||:||363 Pages|
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A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver Reviews
A charming and rewarding little book. Well-researched and historically-grounded, it captures the characters and the events well, truly, and succinctly, helping make a time that might otherwise seem dead or be ignored instead come vibrantly alive for her target audience (the young adult reader).
Eleanor of Aquitaine was a vivid, fascinating woman who lived and made a great deal of history. A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver imagines her in Heaven, waiting impatiently for her second husband, Henry II, to arrive for his judgement and (hopefully) admittance into Heaven.
This is an outstanding book. The life of Eleanor of Aquitaine is interesting enough in itself, but this book gives it an even deeper richness. The book is funny and witty through and through, but never shallow. I even cried several times. The picture it paints of human nature, in all its forms, is breathtaking. As a Catholic and lover of medieval history and culture, I was enthralled by the well-rendered, bittersweet relationships between so many major figures of history and saints...Eleanor, King Louis, King Henry, St. Bernard, St. Thomas Becket, Richard the Lion Hearted, etc. I loved hearing the story from 4 points of view. It was amazing to feel that I had traveled through hearts, decades and across the world in a book of only 200 pages, from the early morning of Eleanor's bright life in France to the exotic Christianity of Constantinople and Antioch, to grey England with its farmers and shopkeepers, to the joys of romance and family life, the sorrows of loving and losing, the reality of jealousy and revenge, and ultimately to forgiveness, loyalty to God and man, and long-awaited reunions in heaven. Read this! I have never seen such love for history and all things human and divine in the pages of any piece of historical fiction, young adult or other.
Excellent middle-level reading book (but thoroughly enjoyed by adult readers as well) to spark interest in Historical Fiction. Written from a clever viewpoint with great character development through witty conversation. This book sparked a frenzy into further readings of French and British historical fiction as well as non-fiction in a quest for knowledge of what was "once upon a time" a reality. Very enjoyable, indeed!
I didn't know if my boys (age 10) would enjoy this or not, but having the story told by characters in heaven, watching earth from the clouds, tickled their imaginations, so that they were ready to hear more. Overall, they enjoyed the story of Eleanor of Aquitaine. We read it, along with The Door in the Wall and The Canterbury Tales (Geraldine McCaughrean), in conjunction with a homeschool unit on the Middle Ages.
We are doing Susan Wise Bauer's "Story of the World" volume 2 (middle ages) and I got this as supplemental reading. It is a wonderful book and a fantastic supplement for chapter 19 (king richard/king john.) I am so thrilled to have a good tale about a powerful female historical figure from the middle ages (Eleanor of Aquitaine) told in such an engaging way. I read it aloud at bedtime for my 9 year-old daughter and she really enjoyed it. The tale is funny and full of great historical background.
I first read this book ten years ago, when I managed to leave my homeroom ten minutes late after being completely engrossed in the story of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Last year I finally managed to purchase a copy and found Konigsberg's work as fascinating as I always did. Her narrative is fascinating and her heroine is exciting, selfish, conniving, vain, funny, and in all aspects a very cool character. Be sure to read this book, The View from Saturday, and my Konigsberg favorite: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Great story from an interesting perspective. LOVE the way history is told in this one. Entertaining. Read it twice!