but turned out to be homosexual, Geoffrey plotted against all of them with
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
there are many aspects of life during this period including: the status of
illustrated in The Lion in Winter.
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.
for one she and Richard had led civil wars against Henry before. Secondly
system, but were still not regarded as meaningful.
expected. It was the church that gave the king his authority and could take
excommunicated, again. Without the church to have marriages and settle
things of that nature it probably been more chaotic than it already was. It
was the church that kept reading and writing going through the Dark Ages, and
also played and important role in the late 12th century.
More interesting than other topics was the living conditions. Whenever
glorified as wonderful places, large and beautiful, with every luxury. In
truth the castles were not such wonderful places, in fact they were where
serfs and peasants took refuge when they had no other place to go during war
were dirt and covered with straw, nothing seem to be clean, definitely not
luxurious. A humorous aspect of the castle in the movie was the dogs.
Whatever was happening there would be a dog in the background, sniffing,
fighting or barking.
There were many aspects of life during this period that were interesting and
instructional, but these were the most abundant throughout out the movie and
the most interesting. The Lion in Winter was an excellent movie that was
also a very accurate account of life during the late 12th century in England.