Not in any order but with comments as appropriate
|Standard work but outdated now and some wrong details.|
|Interesting to see a French take on Louis VII. Suffers from|
not having an index.
|Excellent series of essay and insights into Eleanor's world Recommended|
|The best biography for Eleanor's early life - balanced on all sides.|
and doesn't make any nasty mistakes. Recommended
|Readable, but a little on the romanticised fiction side.|
|Several historical errors and opinions stated as fact|
Read with a massive pinch of salt, but useful as an overview
|Another excellent series of essays about Eleanor -|
|Beautifully, romantically written, but the research is now outdated|
in many cases. Check against newer discoveries.
|A romantic overview. Read with a large pinch of salt|
but a decent general book on the subject. Some errors.
|A good overall biography let down by a few glaring mistakes|
Recommended with caveats. e.g. Geoffrey le Bel did not go on
the second crusade and die by drowning!
|This one's out there and I put it up for your consideratio|
but I haven't used it as such
|Read for an overview - outdated|
|Interesting book, particularly covering the building of St Denis|
|Very useful for gaining an idea of what was what when|
Eleanor arrived here.
|Extremely useful maps for plotting the course of the 2nd|
crusade. Recommended. May be out of print.
|Useful again for incidents on the second crusade|
|This and the below - general useful guidebooks on Eleanor's country.|
|This is John of Salisbury's Memoirs of the Papal Court|
Recommended primary source for the Antioch incident
and information about Eleanor's sister Petronella
|Excellent biography of Abbot Suger of St Dennis|
|Might seem a bit weird to have Stephen's biography |
here, but his deeds fit into the jigsaw of Capetian
politics. Excellent work. Recommended
|Odo of Deuil's The Journey of Louis VII to the East|
Primary source document of the 2nd crusade. Invaluable
Recommended - specialist buy.
|Fabulous book on the architecture of Eleanor's homeland -|
gives you a real feel for the place. Recommended - but it's in French
|Pretty pictures. Of limited use for the campaigns of the 2nd|
crusade. Better books out there, but it's okay to augment the others.