Divided into two sections, this excellent book first details Eleanor's lineage and life. The second part analyzes legends about her, found in both oral history and literature. Owen's own emphasis is less on Eleanor the politician than on Eleanor the woman and the way in which she was perceived by her contemporaries, or near-contemporaries. The strength of this book is the author's attempt to separate fact from fiction, and in the process show how history and legend can become intertwined. A very readable way to try and uncover the facts.