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Author: E. L. Konigsburg
ISBN13: 978-0606005562
Title: A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
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Language: English
Category: Literature and Fiction
Publisher: Demco Media (July 1, 1989)

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E. L. Konigsburg

My life was marked by good happenings, bad happenings and sad ones, too. There were times when the bad and the sad could have weighed me down. But to drink life from only the good is to taste only half of it. When I died in that year 1204, I smiled, knowing that I had drunk fully of both flavors. I had wasted nothing. HOW DID YOU feel when you learned that your son King John is considered the worst king that England has ever had? Abbot Suger asked. John was spoiled and fickle, but he had wit and fits of generosity.

El Konigsburg's piece, A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver was a beautiful book of historical fiction. The book takes place in the twentieth century at a holy place called Heaven. Eleanor of Aquitaine passes her time while awaiting the dictation for her second husband, King Henry II's arrival in heaven by chatting with her three old friends, Abbot Sugar, Empress Matilda, and William Marshall. They gossip about the ones on Earth and the ones up in Heaven and eventually lead to each four of them giving a summary of Eleanor's lifetime.

On the whole, A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver is a good read. This book is Eleanor/Plantagenet history in a nutshell. Konigsburg states in the front fold of the book that all facts and events about Eleanor in the book are true, which makes it a very interesting book. it is about Queen Eleanor and King Henry II back in the twelfth century. Konigsburg states in the front fold of the book that all facts and events about Eleanor in the book are true, which makes it a very interesting.

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver. Konigsburg Here are five extraordinary short stories from the perceptive pen of . Each captures the moment when someone's life changes - when a chance meeting between two people casts a shadow on what things have been like, and what they can become. Father's Arcane Daughter.

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver - . I had excellent taste, thanks be to God, and a great gift for organizing. I called together all the important dukes and counts who were vassals of the king, and I fitted them with elegant armor and trappings. I selected a jeweled ring and a gold buckle, worked with enamel, for the prince to give his bride as a wedding gift. As we rode through the lands that lay between Eleanor and Louis, we paid every toll at every bridge and every tax at every crossing. Eleanor wore a dress of scarlet, of a cloth so fine that it looked as if it had been woven by the wind. The hem had a delicate pattern of silver threads. The color set off her gray eyes and fine features.

Eleanor of Acquitaine has been waiting in Heaven for a long time to be reunited with her second husband, Henry II of England. Finally, the day has come when Henry will be judged for admission-and while Eleanor waits, three people close to her during various times of her life join her, helping to distract her and providing a rich portrait of a remarkable woman in history.

A Proud Taste for Scarlet. has been added to your Cart. If the book contained a CD it is not guaranteed to still be included. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book.

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Eleanor of Aquitaine's life is unfolded as she and three other persons reminisce while waiting for King Henry II to join them in heaven
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A charming and rewarding little book. Well-researched and historically-grounded, it captures the characters and the events well, truly, and succinctly, helping make a time that might otherwise seem dead or be ignored instead come vibrantly alive for her target audience (the young adult reader).

Konigsburg here is at her best in respecting the intelligence of her targeted young readers, with prose, constructions, and wry/light humor that make the characters and events accessible to modern audiences without talking down or dumbing down complicated situations.

This book has particular value as a gateway that encourages deeper explorations of history and biography – showing that history, far from necessarily being boring or dry, was the story of how and why lives were lived. (History is also the “mine” from which so much of today’s TV, movie, and other fiction, draws its material.) The book’s distinctiveness and quality will help it serve as a lamp that shines in the memory of a young reader for years after having read it. And of course the subject of the book is one of the most remarkable women of history – who was also encouraged and supported in reading and learning from a young age.
Eleanor of Aquitaine was a vivid, fascinating woman who lived and made a great deal of history. A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver imagines her in Heaven, waiting impatiently for her second husband, Henry II, to arrive for his judgement and (hopefully) admittance into Heaven.

While she waits, she visits with three other associates from her life on earth: her mother-in-law Matilda, Archbishop Suger, and William Marshall. They take turns telling the parts of her life's story that each of them is most familiar with.

It's a wonderful introduction to Eleanor and all the famous people from history that her life intersected with, and does a particularly nice job of showing her accomplishments: an introduction to the ideals of chivalry at her Court of Love, her commssioning of poets and authors to "improve" the stories of King Arthur, and her and Henry II's efforts to bring about the Rule of Law in England. I found it valuable for these things even as a mature reader. A young reader would find it a great story well told, without even having to be aware of how much they were learning.
I didn't know if my boys (age 10) would enjoy this or not, but having the story told by characters in heaven, watching earth from the clouds, tickled their imaginations, so that they were ready to hear more. Overall, they enjoyed the story of Eleanor of Aquitaine. We read it, along with The Door in the Wall and The Canterbury Tales (Geraldine McCaughrean), in conjunction with a homeschool unit on the Middle Ages.
Excellent middle-level reading book (but thoroughly enjoyed by adult readers as well) to spark interest in Historical Fiction. Written from a clever viewpoint with great character development through witty conversation. This book sparked a frenzy into further readings of French and British historical fiction as well as non-fiction in a quest for knowledge of what was "once upon a time" a reality. Very enjoyable, indeed!
This is an outstanding book. The life of Eleanor of Aquitaine is interesting enough in itself, but this book gives it an even deeper richness. The book is funny and witty through and through, but never shallow. I even cried several times. The picture it paints of human nature, in all its forms, is breathtaking. As a Catholic and lover of medieval history and culture, I was enthralled by the well-rendered, bittersweet relationships between so many major figures of history and saints...Eleanor, King Louis, King Henry, St. Bernard, St. Thomas Becket, Richard the Lion Hearted, etc. I loved hearing the story from 4 points of view. It was amazing to feel that I had traveled through hearts, decades and across the world in a book of only 200 pages, from the early morning of Eleanor's bright life in France to the exotic Christianity of Constantinople and Antioch, to grey England with its farmers and shopkeepers, to the joys of romance and family life, the sorrows of loving and losing, the reality of jealousy and revenge, and ultimately to forgiveness, loyalty to God and man, and long-awaited reunions in heaven. Read this! I have never seen such love for history and all things human and divine in the pages of any piece of historical fiction, young adult or other.
We are doing Susan Wise Bauer's "Story of the World" volume 2 (middle ages) and I got this as supplemental reading. It is a wonderful book and a fantastic supplement for chapter 19 (king richard/king john.) I am so thrilled to have a good tale about a powerful female historical figure from the middle ages (Eleanor of Aquitaine) told in such an engaging way. I read it aloud at bedtime for my 9 year-old daughter and she really enjoyed it. The tale is funny and full of great historical background.
I first read this book ten years ago, when I managed to leave my homeroom ten minutes late after being completely engrossed in the story of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Last year I finally managed to purchase a copy and found Konigsberg's work as fascinating as I always did. Her narrative is fascinating and her heroine is exciting, selfish, conniving, vain, funny, and in all aspects a very cool character. Be sure to read this book, The View from Saturday, and my Konigsberg favorite: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Interesting and historically fun read, especially for a girl studying basic world history.