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The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick
  

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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

If you like Elizabeth Chadwick you might also like to read books by Philippa Gregory, Anne O'Brien and Philippa Gregory.

Reader Reviews

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.

  • Angie Rhodes - 'Elizabeth Chadwick has brought to life Eleanor, her affairs and those of her Court. The first in a trilogy, this is a must read for all History lovers.'
  • Helen Appleby - 'A very well researched and thought out book… historical fiction at its best.... If you like historical novels and Philippa Gregory books then you will love this.'
  • Rachael Anderson - 'Wonderfully written, it is a real page turner of a book. I would heartedly recommend it and will be getting the second one in the series as soon as I can.'
  • Jo-anne Atkinson - 'The early life of Eleanor of Aquitaine is fleshed out in a strong piece of historical fiction from acclaimed writer Elizabeth Chadwick.  A heady whirl of love, passion and intrigue.'
  • Helen Lowry - 'A well-researched and well-written piece of historical fiction, I would highly recommended.'
  • Sarah Webb - 'Page-turning historical drama – from a female perspective.'
  • Karen Clark - 'If you enjoy historical fiction, you will love this book. I knew little about this period of history but felt myself drawn into Eleanor's world as seen from the point of view of a strong woman.'
  • Tina Tse - 'Elizabeth Chadwick's Eleanor of Aquitaine is a powerful, sympathetic character who has to rely on her own intelligence to survive the machinations of courtly life. A real page-turner.'
  • Joanne Dibb - 'Elizabeth Chadwick has done a marvellous job of creating an incredibly detailed look at Eleanor’s life, as every detail seems to be captured in such a realistic manner.'
  • Emma Barton - 'I am not a huge fan of historical novels, but really enjoyed this, and would happily seek out the rest of the trilogy.'
  • Carrie Jones - 'What an absolute delight to read a proper historical novel about such a fascinating character.'

Synopsis

The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick

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?

About the Author

Elizabeth Chadwick

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 France and England during her lifetime, as well as being one of the period’s most powerful, wealthy and influential women. The Summer Queen, the first in Chadwick’s compelling series, brings her earliest years to life with sensitivity and evocative detail, coupled with the most up-to-date research. The Winter Crown follows the scandal, politics, sex, triumphs and tragedies of Eleanor’s relationship with King Henry II. The Autumn Throne, published on 1st September 2016, the third novel of the trilogy, brings Eleanor’s epic story to a fitting and exultant close.

Visit her website at www.elizabethchadwick.com

Author photo © Charlie Hopkinson

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Publication date

11th September 2014

Author

Elizabeth Chadwick

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

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Hardback

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781847445445

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