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From: John Carmi Parsons <>
Subject: Re: Piers Gaveston(1284-1312)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 22:11:19 -0500
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Um. Edward I's first wife was Eleanor of Castile, really. But as it
happens, I am just now finishing up a book of essays on Eleanor of
Aquitaine, assembled from historians and literary specialists as well as
art historians. Among other contributions to our knowledge of the lady,
one of the authors establishes that she was probably born in 1124 (not
1122), and that she was probably the mother of nine children by Henry II,
not eight. Other articles deal with literary images of Eleanor, in her
own time as well as in later ages, and there are some excellent studies of
her governmental activity, which will here be scrutinized for the first
time in light of new evidence. The collection will drastically redraw the
pictures painted of Eleanor by such earlier writers as Amy Kelly, Marion
Meade and Alison Weir. It should go to the press in late February or early
March, and ought to be available from Palgrave Press in New York (formerly
St. Martin's) early in 2002.

I do have a signed contract with London Books in England to write a
general survey of medieval European queenship, which is to be ready for
submission to the press in the summer of 2002, and I'm already at work on
that. It will be as comprehensive as I can make it, both geographically
and chronologically, although the editors want me to concentrate on
England. I hope some day to do a monograph on Edward II's wife Isabella
of France, though I just might end up incorporating a lot of the material
I've got ready for that in the general queenship book.

Thanks for your interest--and for giving me the opportunity for a little
advance publicity.


On Sun, 28 Jan 2001, D. Spencer Hines wrote:

> I imagine so.
> Not at all.
> We've missed you.
> Do you have any plans for more books on Medieval English Queens, similar
> to the book you wrote on Eleanor of Aquitaine, first wife of Edward I?
> Me ke aloha pumehana,
> --
> D. Spencer Hines
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> | Many thanks for your kind words. And it is delightful to be able to
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> | On Sun, 28 Jan 2001, D. Spencer Hines wrote:
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> | > It's good to see you back and in good health.
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> | > D. Spencer Hines
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