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  • Record Number: 18464
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Parsons , John Carmi.
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  • Title: Damned If She Didn't and Damned When She Did: Bodies, Babies, and Bastards in the Lives of Two Queens of France
  • Source: Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady.  Edited by Bonnie Wheeler and John Carmi ParsonsThe New Middle Ages.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.  Pages 265 - 299.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Body Eleanor of Aquitaine, Wife of Louis VII of France and Henry II of England Historiography Infertility Marie Antoinette, Wife of Louis XVII, King of France Masculinity Politics Queens Queenship
  • Geographic Area: British Isles;France
  • Century: 12, 18
  • Related Resources: In one of the most unusual treatments in the collection, "Damned If She Didn't and Damned When She Did: Bodies, Babies and Bastards in the Lives of Two Queens of France," John Carmi Parsons compares EA's French rule with Marie Antoinette's experiences six
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  • Abstract: This chapter contrasts the mythologizing receptions of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Marie Antoinette, whose long years as childless queens of France reputedly elicited rumors of adultery, incest and sexual ridicule of their husbands. [Reprinted with permission of Palgrave Macmillan.]
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  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0312295820
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