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Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine - Alison Weir
Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
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Having proven herself a gifted and engaging novelist with her portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I in The Lady Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey in Innocent Traitor, New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir now harks back to the twelfth century with a sensuous and tempestuous tale that brings vividly... show more
Having proven herself a gifted and engaging novelist with her portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I in The Lady Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey in Innocent Traitor, New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir now 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.    Vivid in detail, epic in scope, Captive Queen is an astounding and brilliantly wrought historical novel that encompasses the building of an empire and the monumental story of a royal marriage. 
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345511874 (0345511875)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 473
Edition language: English
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suzemo
suzemo rated it
2.0 Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
Let's call this historical-ish.Eleanor of Aquitaine, who was amazeballs, was made boring as hell for more than half of the book. This intelligent, strong, feisty twice-queen apparently spent a lot of time being sex crazed and thinking of only (tedious) sex with whatever man she could get near. Her...
susanw610
susanw610 rated it
I looked forward to reading Alison Weir's story of Eleanor of Aquitaine and I was disappointed. I thought it more romance than history. From what I learned in history class Eleanor was a force to be reckoned with not a bed hopping harlot – a bit overstated. I am sure there are other historical novel...
Books, Dogs, and Other Blogs
Books, Dogs, and Other Blogs rated it
4.0
A very solid 4 stars!This is the first book I've read by Weir, and I wouldn't hesitate to read more from her given her engaging writing style and depth of knowledge. Eleanor is an intriguing character and I found myself really liking her throughout the book. I saw in other reviews that some people w...
Elysium
Elysium rated it
1.0 Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
Eleanor of Aquitaine was first married to King Louis of France, but he was more interested spending his time in prayers than with his wife. She’s not happy and extremely bored and when it’s suggested that Louis finds a new wife to get much needed male heir she’s not resisting. Then she meets young H...
With Her Nose Stuck In A Book....
With Her Nose Stuck In A Book.... rated it
2.0
The fact that Eleanor is portrayed as this sexually hungry woman was a huge turn off to me. Obviously, yes, she had 10 children in 14 years so she must have had sex often, but I don't want to read about that. I want a good, strong story that doesn't take place mostly in bedchambers. I was only about...
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