This book was published in 1973 and I picked it up because I was looking for a quick history of the area where I'll be travelling next month; the Dordogne was once a part of Aquitaine. It suited that purpose just fine. The main readers for this book, however, are in Grades 6 to 8. Crusades and knights and jealous princes and boys who go to war against their father should provide plenty of draw for boys, while girls will also enjoy reading the exploits of feisty Eleanor.
The conceit of the novel is that Eleanor and some other people from her lifetime are sitting around heaven in the late twentieth century, waiting to hear if her second husband Henry will finally be admitted to join them in heaven or not. That was a bit cheesy, but it did allow for a humorous fantasy element to intermittently lighten the historical account.