A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver Questions and Answers
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In the novel A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver, is Henry II abusive towards Eleanor?  Explain

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In the novel A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver, Henry II is not abusive toward Eleanor of Aquitaine in any physical sense.  That being said, he and Eleanor do not always get along.  They are both very strong personalities and often those personalities clash.  For this reason, there is a degree of verbal abuse on Henry's part.  Eleanor, however, is certainly able to stand up for herself.  In response to Henry's infidelity (something that he did on numerous occasions), she takes their two sons, Richard and John, to Aquitaine to raise them.  In raising them, she instills in them a sense of disdain for their father and encourages them to contemplate rebellion against him.  In his infidelity, Henry was perhaps a bit abusive of his role as husband, but again Eleanor gives as good as she gets.  Overall, rather than Henry abusing Eleanor, it would seem that it is a two-way street.

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