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The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick
  

The Summer Queen

Part of the Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy Series
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Overflowing with scandal, politics, sex, triumphs and tragedies, The Summer Queen is the epic first novel in a magnificent trilogy unveiling the fascinating and misunderstood young queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine - history's most powerful woman.

If you like Elizabeth Chadwick you might also like to read books by Reay Tannahill, Amanda Quick and Christie Dickason.

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  • 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.'
  • Jane Gilman - 'This was a fascinating read and I will be rushing to the next books in the trilogy...I must read for lovers of historical fiction. If you like Philippa Gregory then you will love Eilzabeth Chadwick.'             
  • Mary Gibson - 'Elizabeth Chadwick brings the iconic character of Eleanor and the French court to life with rich detail.  I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.'
  • Neil Williams - 'As a lover of historical novels, I found that until the final chapters, this lacked anything to interest me and the pace was lacking.'

Synopsis

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick

Eleanor of Aquitaine's story is legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over eight hundred years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, bestselling novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before. Young, vibrant, privileged, Eleanor's future is golden as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood ends abruptly. Forced to marry the young prince Louis of France, Eleanor is still struggling to adjust to her new role when Louis' father dies and they become King and Queen of France. Leaving everything behind, the vivacious Eleanor must face the complex and faction-riddled French court. She is only 13.

Reviews

'Leaves the reader longing for part two.' Good Book Guide

'You are in for a sumptuous ride.' Daily Telegraph

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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Book Info

Publication date

19th June 2014

Author

Elizabeth Chadwick

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Family Drama
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Historical fiction

ISBN

9780751548303

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