Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122 or 1124 – 1 April 1204) was Queen Consort of France,and also Queen Consort of England. She was one of the most powerful women in Middle Ages. In 1157 she gave birth to her favorite son Richard the Lionheart. She outlived all her children except for King John and Eleanor, Queen of Castile. Eleanor of Aquitaine was renowned for her powerful personality and leading her sons in rebellion against their father, King Henry II.
Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick. Two very different women are linked by destiny and the struggle for the English crown. The story is of Matilda, daughter of Henry I who stands to inherit England but ends up embroiled in a war for the throne with her cousin Stephen. Really good read!