Historian Alison Weir does her usual thorough and readable job telling the story of one of history’s most intriguing women. From her birth in Aquitaine to her death at Fontrevault Abbey, Eleanor was never out of the public eye. She attracted both negative and positive regard, sometimes from the same person, but she always lived her life as she saw fit. In a time when women of rank were expected to be docile and pregnant, she went her own way. Truly an amazing woman.