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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 Emma Champion, 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.'
  • 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.'  

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Synopsis

The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick

An extraordinary woman. A legendary queen. In 1154, Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the most powerful women in Europe, is crowned queen of England beside her young husband Henry II. While Henry battles their enemies and lays his plans, Eleanor is an adept acting ruler and mother to their growing brood of children. But she yearns for more than this - if only Henry would listen. Instead, Henry pushes Eleanor to the sidelines, involving himself with a young mistress and denying Eleanor her rightful authority. As matters reach a crisis, Eleanor becomes caught up in a family rebellion. And even a queen must face the consequences of treason...Award-winning author Elizabeth Chadwick continues the fascinating story of a queen fighting for her rightful place in a world of divided loyalties and passionate betrayals.

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

19th November 2015

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Elizabeth Chadwick

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
528 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780751548259

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