Rich and compelling it is December 1154, the coronation of Henry II and Eleanor opens the second part of this detailed, magnificent trilogy of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine which began with The Summer Queen. You can read this alone but it would be so much better if you read the earlier one first. This runs from 1154 to 1174 through many births, deaths and power struggles, finishing with Henry imprisoning the poor woman. The author has written much on the medieval period and this trilogy is certainly amongst the best of her work. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
It is the winter of 1154 and Eleanor, Queen of England, is biding her time. While her husband King Henry II battles for land across the channel, Eleanor fulfils her duty as acting ruler and bearer of royal children. But she wants to be more than this - if only Henry would let her. Instead, Henry belittles and excludes her, falling for a young mistress and leaving Eleanor side-lined and angry. And as her sons become young men, frustrated at Henry's hoarding of power, Eleanor is forced into a rebellion of devastating consequences. She knows how much Henry needs her, but does Henry know himself?
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the trilogy, The Summer Queen. You can click here to read the full reviews.
Publication date: 11/09/2014
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||11th September 2014|
|Publisher:||Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick has written over 20 historical novels sold in 18 languages. Her first novel, The Wild Hunt, won a Betty Trask Award, and The Scarlet Lion was nominated as one of the Top Ten landmark historical novelists of the decade by Historical Novel Society founder Richard Lee. Elizabeth’s nineteenth novel, To Defy a King, won the RNA Historical Novel Prize in 2011. Her latest novels showcase meticulous research into one of medieval history’s most fascinating female figures, brought gloriously to life in this trilogy. Eleanor of Aquitaine was queen consort of both ...More About Elizabeth Chadwick