By Douglas Boyd
Recreating the turbulent lifetime of some of the most intriguing ladies in eu medieval historical past, this biography finds a principally "modern" queen
Eleanor of Aquitaine used to be the one individual ever to take a seat at the thrones of either France and England. This account of the adventures of the intense mom of Richard the Lionheart and King John takes us into the guts and brain of the lady who replaced the form of Europe for three hundred years by way of marrying Henry of Anjou, making him England’s Henry II. Eleanor used to be a eu with a continent-wide imaginative and prescient and a girl who rejected the subordinate woman function decreed by means of the Church. mentioned within the convenience- and culture-loving Mediterranean civilization of southern France, she additionally refused to be a consenting sufferer of ethnic detoxification. utilizing French, previous French, Latin, and Occitan resources, this biography lays naked as by no means sooner than Eleanor’s relationships and vividly brings to existence the area she knew.
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For much of the year, he revised intensively with Jean-Paul Aron, a friend from the Sorbonne. Both were homosexual and both had an acid sense of humour. The intensive revision paid off and Foucault was successful in his second attempt to pass the agrég. The written papers were on ‘experience and theory’, and candidates were also required to write an imaginary dialogue between Bergson and Spinoza. It was the oral that produced the shock. In accordance with established tradition, candidates were required to take a sheet of paper from a basket and then improvise on the theme it gave them.
Observing that the history of everything that gives colour to life has still to be written, Nietzsche asks the rhetorical question: ‘where would you find a history of love, of avarice, of envy, of conscience, of tradition, or of cruelty? ’17 The teaching in Lille was scarcely demanding and covered the same topics as the lectures Foucault was giving at ens. He was a popular and respected figure. His trips to Lille usually allowed enough free time for lunch or a least a drink in the brasseries of the rue de la Liberté or the rue Nationale, where he would meet students and young teachers.
So too did Foucault’s quasi-diplomatic status and his homosexuality, which was no secret on the university campus. The classic honey trap was set up. Foucault began an ill-advised relationship with a young man who was working as an informer. He was from a supposedly ‘bourgeois-nationalist’ background, and agreeing to become an informer was the price he had paid for his university education. The trap was sprung and Foucault was called in by his ambassador. He was advised to leave Warsaw as soon as possible.
April Queen: Eleanor of Aquitaine by Douglas Boyd