A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver Eleanor of Aquitaine is in Heaven waiting to learn whether or not her second husband King Henry II of England will be able to join her Henry had died even before Eleanor but he still had not won a

  • Title: A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
  • Author: E.L. Konigsburg
  • ISBN: 9780689301117
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Eleanor of Aquitaine is in Heaven, waiting to learn whether or not her second husband, King Henry II of England, will be able to join her Henry had died even before Eleanor, but he still had not won admission into Heaven Waiting with Eleanor are Henry s mother, Matilda Empress, and William the Marshal A chance encounter with Abbot Suger, an old friend of Eleanor s fromEleanor of Aquitaine is in Heaven, waiting to learn whether or not her second husband, King Henry II of England, will be able to join her Henry had died even before Eleanor, but he still had not won admission into Heaven Waiting with Eleanor are Henry s mother, Matilda Empress, and William the Marshal A chance encounter with Abbot Suger, an old friend of Eleanor s from the time of her first marriage, starts the four of them remembering times past Each person in turn tells a part of Eleanor s life, vividly illustrating the excitement of living in twelfth century England and France, and especially the excitement of being Eleanor Wife of two kings, mother of two others, Richard the Lion Heart and John, she set the tone of court life for her times, sponsored poets and musicians, established the legend of King Arthur as a romantic feature of English literature, set the Rules of Courtly Love, and helped rule a kingdom that spanned from Scotland to the Pyrenees And she did all this in a time when a king could keep his queen a prisoner and did This book is a novel, fiction, fantasy even But everything in it about Eleanor and her family and her times is true.

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    1. I read this book, like so many of Konigsburg's, over and over as a kid. I was probably the only fifth grader at my school who not only knew who Eleanor of Aquitaine was, but could rattle off details of her life as easily as talking about an old friend. The wonderful, personal way that this book is written makes it easy to read and remember the details of Eleanor's life, and I am pretty much still waiting for Konigsburg or another author to do the same thing for other historical figures.

    2. I especially anticipated reading this book for a couple of reasons.1 - I love other books by this author especially From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler andJennifer, Hecate, McBeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth.2 - The book tells the story of Eleanor of Aquitaine, from whom, I am decended.I really liked the execution of the unfolding of the story. Eleanor is in heaven with people she knew during her mortal life, they are awaiting the decision of whether or not her husband K [...]

    3. This is a quick and funny read about the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine as a wife, a mother, and a queen. The story follows her in heaven along with three of her closest contemporaries (Abbot Suger, Empress Matilda and William Marshal) as they await the divine judgement that will allow—or deny—Eleanor’s second husband King Henry II admittance to heaven. Henry is already 800 years dead, but he's still in hell serving penance and in the dark about the comings and goings on of the world (in the [...]

    4. Before there was an Elizabeth, a Daenerys or a Cersei, there was Eleanor of Aquitaine. Part vixen, part kick-ass heroine, she was more queen than any of her contemporaries—or (arguably) any queen in history, for that matter. This book (more YA than full-blown historical fiction) somehow managed to capture the Duchess of Aquitaine's razzle and dazzle in 200 pages. Interesting concept, witty writing.

    5. I chose to read this book because I have enjoyed all the books I have currently read by EL Konigsburg. This was was SO different; especially since I had no idea what it was about before starting it. It is actually historical fiction/fantasy is about Queen Eleanor and King Henry II back in the twelfth century. Konigsburg states in the front fold of the book that all facts and events about Eleanor in the book are true, which makes it a very interesting book. I definitely want to read more about he [...]

    6. 4 1/2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wir warten auf Heinrich IIEleonore von Aquitanien (1122 - 1204) war mit zwei Königen (Frankreich, England) verheiratet und die Mutter von Richard Löwenherz und König John. (Robin Hood, Sherwood Forrest)Die Geschichte Englands und Frankreichs im 12ten Jahrhundert, im Mittelpunkt eine willensstarke und lebenslustige Heldin. Während Eleonore im Himmel auf ihren zweiten Ehemann wartet, wird ihr Leben von Menschen erzählt, die sie auf Erden am besten kannten.E. L. [...]

    7. I'm sure there are some who didn't like this book, but I thought it was pretty well done especially since it was written in the late 1970s. The book is about Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, who is one of my favorite historical women in history. I especially liked how the tale was narrated from heaven by contemporaries of Eleanor, and how she has been in heaven for 500 more years than her husband Henry, who is about to find out if he can come up to heaven. I thought it was amusing that both Eleanor, [...]

    8. The historical fiction part of this book was good and very well written, but the rest of it (the part that takes place in Heaven) was wierd and not really how I see things, so that put my rating down a bit. This book makes out Heaven to be some boring place that is not to look forward to and is not at all fun, and that is not how Heaven is. This book says that you do not go directly to Heaven either. It says that when you die you don't go to Heaven unless you are good enough, and even if you are [...]

    9. Not my favorite Konigsburg by any means, maybe only 2.5 stars. But I do wish I had read this historical fiction (I guess?) account of Eleanor of Aquitaine back in high school when I did a report on her than the horrible books I did read. I might not of been able to use this as a cited reference but it would of helped me to make more sense of all the names, places, culture and facts in all the other books and maybe the whole research paper would of been a little more intersting for having been fl [...]

    10. I don't often call it quits with a book that I begin reading. Especially before I give it a fair chance. But I just couldn't get past the fact that the characters were sitting around in the afterlife, discussing their former lives and wondering who would be allowed out of purgatory next. Especially after just reading Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life, I just couldn't stomach it.

    11. What an odd book. I’m not sure I would have even finished it if I hadn’t also been reading Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life I wasn’t exactly sure who the audience for this book even was. It’s in the children’s section, by a writer for children, but the subject matter was quite adult. Would an eleven year old want to read about Eleanor of Aquitaine? In 1973, maybe? In 2017, farther from maybe, leaning towards no. I don’t remember this book at all as a child. I adore Jennifer, Hecate, Macb [...]

    12. Captive Queen led me to re-read A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E.L. Konigsburg for the umpteenth time. It still holds up. And the historical detail dovetails perfectly with the scholarly effort of Alison Weir. This book may have been written for older children, but I enjoy it every time. The premise is that several of Eleanor’s contemporaries have moved Up to Heaven and are gathered to find out if Henry is finally going to join them. We have brief scenes in Heaven as each of the char [...]

    13. This book had an interesting premise. Eleanor of Aquitaine is in heaven waiting for her second husband, Henry II of England, to be judged. She has been waiting for him for a long time, because he has had to suffer for some of his actions on earth for many years. While she is waiting, her mother-in-law, a bishop, and a knight, all take turns telling about different parts of her life - with Eleanor herself filling them in on the end of it. The premise is interesting, and for a historic fiction boo [...]

    14. While waiting for her husband, Henry II, to join her in Heaven, Eleanor of Aquitane reminisces about some of the events of her remarkable life. She is joined on this walk down memory lane by her mother in law and her priest. This was a pretty quick and enjoyable read for me. I find stories about the life and times of Eleanor of Aquitane fascinating No, Really I do. Married to two kings, Louis the ? of France and Henry II of England: Mother of two kings; Richard II and King John I of Magna Carta [...]

    15. I seem to be on a Konigsburg kick. A telling of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. While maybe not the best person, certainly not the worst, and definitely an amazing woman in history. It is told from the perspective some who knew her, with comments from her, as they wait in heaven for her second husband to join them. I had read an "adult" history of her a long time ago and remembered bits and pieces. She was truly a unique woman. Powerful and driven and intelligent. Able to stand up for herself [...]

    16. Made me giggle. A lot of 'telling' in this one, but it works—takes some cues from Chaucer, perhaps? Anyway, Eleanor of Aquitaine has been dragging around in Heaven for quite some time, and she is just a wee bit bored and quite tetchy, and it pleases me greatly. Interesting choice of who gets to tell the tale: in addition to Eleanor (who gets the last words, as befits a queen), Abbot Suger (who is very proud of his own humility) tells a part, and Empress Matilda, and William the Marshall—unus [...]

    17. Reading this book prompts me to sport a rhinestone tiara and play Queen for the Day. It's about Elinor of Aquitaine, the ruthless woman who was first Queen of France, then Queen of England. A PROUD TASTE FOR SCARLET AND MINIVER depicts Elinor waiting for her second husband, King Henry II, to be judged for admission to Heaven. If you're the type of woman who hates waiting in line, taking orders, or being called "hon," this book is for you. You'll take great comfort in the story of a woman who roa [...]

    18. A very readable biography of a fascinating historical figure, a woman I've been intrigued by since I first learned about her back in grade school. And the more I know about her, the more impressed I am. The tale of Eleanor's life is told here by three who lived her story too, and are now reminiscing in heaven some eight centuries later. Lots of interesting facts and educated guesses anchor Konigsburg's creative tale, and I learned a lot of things I didn't know. Amazing to think that just one per [...]

    19. I think I would give this a five, but something just didn't pull me in. The story was interesting, the characters were good, but maybe I wanted something more. Well, maybe it was meant for a younger audience than me. I felt like it was toomple, I think. Quick read, good book, highly recommended if you want to know more about the famous Queen Eleanor. Keep in mind my review is about why I didn't give it 5 stars.

    20. i wish i liked konigsburg more. i recognize that she is very good, but her books are always really dense and slow. i enjoyed reading about eleanor of aquitaine - and i certainly know more about her than i did before - but i am now reading with my kids in mind and i don't think any of them will enjoy it. i felt similarly about "a view from saturday." too slow for our adhd culture. is it the book? is it us?

    21. A Proud taste for scarlet and miniver was about a girl named Eleanor and three of her life long friends telling their stories about Eleanor's life. I thought this book was a good and fun book to read. I thought this book was a little confusing at times because the book wen from the present to the past over and over again. But overall this was a good book to read.

    22. Definitely more entertaining and informative than the last book I read on Eleanor. I think I'll have to rank this one of my favourites in historical fiction. Looking forward to reading The Second Mrs Gioconda next.

    23. Eleanor of Aquitaine must have been an amazing woman. Konigsburg certainly makes an amazing story of her life. And that goes a long way toward justifying the contrived plot structure. I recognize a lot of the names and historical mileposts, and I’ve done a fair amount of studying about the Crusades in particular, but this book makes it clear that I still have a lot to learn. Eleanor was intimately involved in the Crusades and the Pantagenet’s royal family rebellions, with connections to Thom [...]

    24. Eleanor of Aquitaine must have been an amazing woman. Konigsburg certainly makes an amazing story of her life. And that goes a long way toward justifying the contrived plot structure. I recognize a lot of the names and historical mileposts, and I’ve done a fair amount of studying about the Crusades in particular, but this book makes it clear that I still have a lot to learn. Eleanor was intimately involved in the Crusades and the Pantagenet’s royal family rebellions, with connections to Thom [...]

    25. Eleanor of Aquitaine of is heaven, waiting for her second husband, King Henry, to "come-up" to heaven and join her. As she waits with her former Abbot, her mother-in-law, and a few others, they each take turns telling the story of Eleanor's life of a period of time of which they were close to her. And so, slowly, her fascinating history is unfolded, until she tells the end of her story. And as wife of both the king of France and the King of England, and mother of more than one king, including Ri [...]

    26. Eleanor of Aquitane was an ambitious, independent woman in a time when women were seen as vassals and chattel. Born into nobility, wed to royalty, she grew up spoiled and headstrong. She also got her way within the medieval structure of the day, including joining her husband and French king on Crusade, and divorcing the king to marry a much younger rival English king. She bore many children including the now-famous Richard the Lion-Hearted and King John (of Robin Hood fame). This was an interest [...]

    27. This was actually a fun read that contained a great deal of what I assume is accurate history about Henry and Eleanor, rulers of England and Acquitaine in France. I was inspired to begin a more detail biography of Eleanor. I also enjoyed the framing of the story with Eleanor in Heaven awaiting the arrival of her husband.

    28. So different from E.L. Konigsburg's usual work, but still so very good. Making Eleanor of Aquitaine accessible for school-age children is no mean feat; here it only underscores what a rare talent she has not only for writing, but for understanding children.

    29. A really nice little book about one of the most famous and fascinating women of the English Middle Ages, if not all of England's history. This is a retelling of the history of Eleanor of Aquitaine, told through the eyes of her contemporaries while in heaven waiting for her beloved Henry II to finally come 'Up'. I really liked this.

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