Very well-written, and such a thoughtful and pretty objective look at this ‘shadow queen’ too! 😀 I recommend this article to anyone who’s interested in learning more about the mysterious Eleanor of Castile, beloved first wife of Edward I of England. 🙂
Sara Cockerill studied law at the University of Oxford. She is a practising QC specialising in commercial law, and the author of a leading specialist legal text. She has had a lifelong interest in English history and has devoted her spare time over the past ten years to researching the life of Eleanor of Castile. ‘Eleanor of Castile: The Shadow Queen’ is her first published work of history and is available from Amberley Publishing. For more information, see www.saracockerill.com or follow her on Facebook.
It is tempting to think that a Queen’s reputation is fixed forever. Katherine of Aragon, for instance, has always been seen as a “good queen”. But often how the queens of the past are seen is as much a factor of the mood of the time as it is of the evidence of their actions…
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