Review Of a Lion In Winter Essay

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Review Of "a Lion In Winter"


Henry, the King of England, married Eleanor for her land; their first son

died, after him, John was Henry's favorite, Richard was Eleanors favorite,

but turned out to be homosexual, Geoffrey plotted against all of them with

the King of France who was Richard's "friend;" Henry had an affair with

Rosalyn, and Eleanor, with Richard lead a couple of civil wars against him,

so Henry locked Eleanor in a tower; Henry's lover died, he bought a wife,

Alice, for the son who was to be King, but had an affair with her . . . And

so went life in the late 12th century. Involved in this complex arrangement

there are many aspects of life during this period including: the status of

women, power of the church and living conditions all of which were

illustrated in The Lion in Winter.

One of the most apparent things in The Lion in Winter was the role of women.

At first impression they did not seem significant. Eleanor was cheated on,

not an uncommon practice, and then locked in a tower to only be aloud out on

holidays. Alice was bought and then became Henry's new lover, and beyond

that no other women were mention. Despite all this, when looked at more

closely women were important to the feudal society. A king could acquire

land by conquering, or marrying the daughter who had that land in her dowry.

Also in the movie Eleanor wielded more power than one would have thought,

for one she and Richard had led civil wars against Henry before. Secondly

because of her control of the Aquataine she exercised more power than other

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