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By E.L. Konigsburg

Eleanor of Aquitaine, spouse to 2 kings, mom to 2 others, has been ready in Heaven many years -- 8 centuries, kind of -- to be reunited along with her moment husband, Henry II of britain. eventually, the day has come whilst Henry might be judged for admission. whereas Eleanor, by no means a sufferer girl in existence or afterlife, waits, 3 humans, every one of whom was once with reference to Eleanor in the course of a time of her existence, sign up for her. Their memories do excess of support distract Eleanor -- in addition they paint a wealthy portrait of a rare girl who was once entrance and heart in a striking interval in background and whose accomplishments have had a major impression on society in the course of the a long time.

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I'm a moment son. i used to be intended to be a clergyman, and that i could were one if my brother Philip’s horse had no longer tripped over that outdated sow and damaged Philip’s neck within the method. He, now not I, was once born to be the king of France. i'm moment son and moment selection, and that's why i have never been promised in marriage. what's Eleanor’s cause? ” “I think,” I acknowledged, “that the reasonable Eleanor was once kept simply because her father and her grandfather notion that they might by no means die. ” “Were they pious males, Abbot? ” “Eleanor’s grandfather, William the Troubadour, went on campaign to the Holy Land. ” “That doesn't resolution my query. Bored males, fortune hunters, and moment sons additionally move on Crusades. Their purposes should not continually non secular. ” “Let me clarify it with an instance. I as soon as heard Eleanor’s father, Duke William, at prayer. ” “Did he look severe? ” “Serious? Oh, certain, really critical. ” “And honest? ” “Sincere? for those who suggest by means of that that he believed what he was once asserting, i must name him honest. ” “Serious and honest. What extra are you able to ask of a guy in prayer, Abbot? ” “Humility. ” “Was the duke now not humble? ” “You judge,” I responded. “The duke received down on one knee. He clenched his fist and poked it into the sky. ‘Dear Lord,’ he started, ‘this is William, Duke of Aquitaine, talking. you've gotten heard from count number Raymond already, yet i'm telling you to allow his prayers move unanswered, for he's a liar, O God. I provide you with my notice and my hand, God. placed Your power into my fist, O God, and jointly we will train count number Raymond a lesson. after which after, expensive God, I’m going to make a pleasant donation to at least one of Your church buildings. ’ Duke William then diminished his arm and marched into conflict confident that the facility of God was once on his part, his correct aspect; he was once right-handed. He defeated Raymond, incidentally. ” younger Louis appeared astonished. “I have by no means prior to heard someone regard a prayer as a problem fit among himself and God. allow us to desire that there's anything extra of her mom than of her father in Eleanor. ” “Whatever there's of her mom may were planted yet no longer cultivated. Her mom, may perhaps she relaxation in peace, died while Eleanor was once nonetheless very younger. ” The prince mumbled reliable evening and went to his tent. His tent was once beautiful—blue, embellished with the lilies of France. I had designed it. thank you be to God, the layout had became out good. Eleanor wore a costume of scarlet, of a fabric so positive that it regarded as though it were woven through the wind. The hem had a fragile development of silver threads. the colour trigger her grey eyes and advantageous beneficial properties. sure, Eleanor was once attractive. A attractiveness that's bred up to it really is born. She was once full of life and witty and fully with out pretenses or persistence. It was once she who greeted us on the fortress door. She had no longer but realized to attend. As our occasion of knights and nobles entered the citadel door, she requested, “Which of you is Louis? ” The prince advanced and bowed. Thank goodness, stable manners didn't require him to assert something at that time, for Louis looked to be struck dumb.

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