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"Scarlet and miniver" evokes images of the official royal garments worn by medieval monarchs. Scarlet refers to the deep red color of the robes, while miniver was the white fur lining of the robes. The book is about the life of Eleanor of Acquitaine, who demonstrated her "tast for scarlet and miniver" by marrying first Louis, who became King of France, and then Henry of Anjou, who became Henry II of England. She also demonstrated a real understanding of what it was to rule as a medieval monarch, raising her sons to be rulers in their own right. While suffering misfortune herself, she, according to the narrators (including herself) was able to control her own destiny and remain one of the most powerful and influential people of her time.
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