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Bonnie Wheeler (1) (1944–)

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Bonnie Wheeler is Director of the Medieval Studies Program at Southern Methodist University

Verk av Bonnie Wheeler

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady (2003) — Redaktör — 33 exemplar
King Arthur and Chivalry (2000) 18 exemplar
Fresh Verdicts on Joan of Arc (1996) — Redaktör — 13 exemplar
Joan of Arc and Spirituality (2004) — Redaktör — 8 exemplar
Arthuriana Vol.7 No.3 (Fall 1997) — Redaktör — 4 exemplar


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Professor of History
Dedman college



This includes a section on female scholars in the Arthurian field, including Fanni Bogdanow and her own short essay on 'From Holocaust survivor to Arthurian scholar', pages 387-394. It is a moving account of horror and determination.
jon1lambert | Aug 11, 2022 |
Ekki oft sem maður kemst yfir umfjöllun um konur á miðöldum bæði vegna skorts á heimildum en einnig vegna þess hve staða þeirra var oft ósýnileg í karlægum valdavettvangi. Þetta er ágætis umfjöllun um örfáar konur sem vöktu verðskuldaða athygli á þessum tímum. Jóhanna af Örk (1412-1431), Eleanor frá Aquitaine (1124-1204), Hildegard af Bingen (1098–1179) og heimspekinginn og nunnuna Heloise (1101-1163). Allt mjög ólíkar konur en orð þeirra og gjörðir höfðu mikil áhrif.… (mer)
SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
A solid collection of essays about the twelfth-century queen Eleanor of Aquitaine which tackles both her remarkable life and the legends which grew up around her in the centuries after her death. Many of the nineteen essays also fit into a broader scholarly consideration of medieval queenship and the ability of elite women to exercise power in the Middle Ages. I found the empirically grounded essays the strongest, and did find myself skimming the more lit based ones a tad, but that reflects my own personal interests as much as anything.… (mer)
siriaeve | 1 annan recension | Sep 22, 2020 |

Eleanor of Aquitaine is perhaps the most fascinating character of the 12th century; first married at thirteen, she divorced King Louis VII of France to marry the future King Henry II or England. I've written briefly about my relationship with Eleanor before (doing my M Phil back in 1991 I discovered a medieval horoscope apparently cast for her exact date of birth, 14 December 1123, which is otherwise unrecorded). She's also a direct ancestor of mine by various genealogical routes. Probably anyone who can trace their family tree to the nobility of any country in Western Europe can say the same.

This book is a collection of academic essays which try to re-contextualise her as a ruler rather than as a romantic figure. Unfortunately for the authors, though fortunately for the reader, the drama of the story frequently pulls them into precisely the type of non-academic psycho-history that they criticise from more popular writers. So, for instance, desperate attempts to be poker-faced and serious about comparisons of Eleanor's career with those of previous Queens of England, other contemporary noblewomen, her own daughters and grand-daughters, or (a long shot but ultimately convincing) Marie Antoinette 600 years later, end up getting carried away with the drama. (The exceptions, oddly enough, are two dry chapters on Eleanor's divorce, and several unconvincing ones on her image in contemporary literature - apart from the brief reflection on her portrayal in William Marshal's reminiscences.)

Lots of material for reflection here on how powerful and/or royal women are portrayed even today, especially now that power is largely divorced from royalty. Just consider the American right's demonisation of Hillary Clinton, the fascination mutually exerted between Pricess Diana and the press, even the fuss over my friend Mabel. Though Eleanor was in a class apart; this is a woman who still signed herself (and behaved as) Queen of England even during the reigns of her two married sons, when technically the title belonged to Berengaria of Navarre and Isabella of Angouleme.

But for me the standout chapter was a brief one on a vase given by Eleanor as a wedding present to her first husband, and then passed on by him to the abbey of St-Denis, now on display in the Louvre. The vase was originally given to Eleanor's grandfather, the famously rambunctious troubadour Duke William IX of Aquitaine, by a former ally who was a Muslim ruler in Spain, temporarily on the same side as the local Christians against an external Muslim threat. But it originally appears to have come from Sassanid Persia, probably made there before the 7th-century Islamic conquest; it would have found its way through the Islamic world to al-Andalus, before passing into Christian hands in 1120.

I also liked the chapters on the family funerary arrangements personally planned by Eleanor in her favourite abbey of Fontevraud, where her second husband Henry II (d. 1189), her favourite son Richard the Lion Heart (1199), her daughter Joan (also 1199) and she herself (1204) still rest, their tombs surmounted by lifesize effigies which were apparently unprecedented in Western Europe at the time. It wasn't what Henry II had planned for his own burial, but an on-the-spot decision appears to have been made by William Marshall when he died unexpectedly; perhaps, I would speculate, assisted by the new king Richard, who certainly was in the vicinity and would have been more inclined to honour his mother's wishes than his father's?

Not a book for the casual reader, but for anyone interested in the period it's absolutely fascinating.
… (mer)
nwhyte | 1 annan recension | Sep 18, 2005 |


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