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Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

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The author harks back to the twelfth century with a sensuous and tempestuous tale that brings vividly to life England's most passionate and destructive royal couple: Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II. Nearing her thirtieth birthday, Eleanor has spent the past dozen frustrating years as consort to the pious King Louis VII of France. For all its political advantages, the marriage has brought Eleanor only increasing unhappiness and daughters instead of the hoped for male heir. But when the young and dynamic Henry of Anjou arrives at the French court, Eleanor sees a way out of her discontent. For even as their eyes meet for the first time, the seductive Eleanor and the virile Henry know that theirs is a passion that could ignite the world. Returning to her duchy of Aquitaine after the annulment of her marriage to Louis, Eleanor immediately sends for Henry, the future King of England, to come and marry her. The union of this royal couple will create a vast empire that stretches from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees, and marks the beginning of the celebrated Plantagenet dynasty. But Henry and Eleanor's marriage, charged with physical heat, begins a fiery downward spiral marred by power struggles, betrayals, bitter rivalries, and a devil's brood of young Plantagenets including Richard the Lionheart and the future King John. Early on, Eleanor must endure Henry's formidable mother, the Empress Matilda, as well as his infidelities, while in later years, Henry's friendship with Thomas Becket will lead to a deadly rivalry. Eventually, as the couple's rebellious sons grow impatient for power, the scene is set for a vicious and tragic conflict that will engulf both Eleanor and Henry. This is an historical novel that encompasses the building of an empire and the monumental story of a royal marriage.

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Alison Weir is the New York Times bestselling

Synopsis:

Abandoning her marriage to the king of France in favor of a partnership with the equally ambitious Henry II of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine shares a tumultuous and influential reign marked by their children and her long-term imprisonment. By the author of The Lady Elizabeth.

Table of Contents

Genealogical table: Eleanor and her family connections — Marriage of lions, 1151-1154 — This turbulent priest, 1155-1171 — Cubs shall awake, 1171-1173 — Poor prisoner, 1173-1189 — Eagle rejoices, 1189 — Envoi: Winchester, 1189.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345521958
Subtitle:
A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Weir, Alison
Author:
Alison Weir
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Fiction : Historical - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature (General)
Subject:
main_subject
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all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100713
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
496

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Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
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"Synopsis" by , Abandoning her marriage to the king of France in favor of a partnership with the equally ambitious Henry II of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine shares a tumultuous and influential reign marked by their children and her long-term imprisonment. By the author of The Lady Elizabeth.
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