Setting

The story takes place in heaven ("Up") in the late twentieth century. Eleanor of Aquitaine, Empress Matilda, and William the Marshall are waiting for King Henry II to be admitted to heaven at last. The Abbot Suger stops to chat with Eleanor and stays to wait, too. To pass the time, the four recall Eleanor's time on Earth.

The flashbacks on earth are set during the Middle Ages in France and England, with a brief trip to the Holy Land. The flashbacks trace the highlights of Eleanor's life from 1137—when she is fifteen years old and about to wed Louis Capet, soon to be King Louis VII of France—to her death in 1204. Her life encompasses the rule of England by her husband Henry II and by her sons Richard and John.

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