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The Secret Eleanor - Cecelia Holland
The Secret Eleanor
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Eleanor of Aquitaine seized hold of life in the 12th century in a way any modern woman would envy! 1151: As Duchess of Aquitaine, Eleanor grew up knowing what it was to be regarded for herself and not for her husband's title. Now, as wife to Louis VII and Queen of France, she has found herself... show more
Eleanor of Aquitaine seized hold of life in the 12th century in a way any modern woman would envy! 1151: As Duchess of Aquitaine, Eleanor grew up knowing what it was to be regarded for herself and not for her husband's title. Now, as wife to Louis VII and Queen of France, she has found herself unsatisfied with reflected glory-and feeling constantly under threat, even though she outranks every woman in Paris. Then, standing beside her much older husband in the course of a court ceremony, Eleanor locks eyes with a man-hardly more than a boy, really- across the throne room, and knows that her world has changed irrevocably... He is Henry D'Anjou, eldest son of the Duke of Anjou, and he is in line, somewhat tenuously, for the British throne. She meets him in secret. She has a gift for secrecy, for she is watched like a prisoner by spies even among her own women. She is determined that Louis must set her free. Employing deception and disguise, seduction and manipulation, Eleanor is determined to find her way to power-and make her mark on history.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780425234501 (0425234509)
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
1.0 The Secret Eleanor: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
Subtitled "a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine" the book covers the period from August 1151 when Eleanor first met her future husband, Henry III of England, and May of 1152 when she married him. This book just never gripped me, even if it was good enough to keep me reading to the end. Some things I did ...
misfitandmom
misfitandmom rated it
Holland’s take on Eleanor of Aquitaine begins in 1150. Her marriage to Louis VII of France has yet to produce a son and heir (only two daughters) and she’s become something of a liability – at least that’s how flunky Thierry and Abbe Bernard see it. Eleanor gets a good look at Henry d’Anjou when he ...
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