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The Captive Queen

3 Ratings: 3.7
A book by Alison Weir

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Author: Alison Weir
Publisher: Arrow Books
2 reviews about The Captive Queen
review by . April 20, 2010
Alison Weir has written a very entertaining novel of the turbulent life that Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine spent together, ruling the greatest empire in Christendom.    She paints Eleanor as a remarkable woman, kept captive, as the title suggests, not just by the walls of her imprisonment in later life, but also by the conventions of the time that stated that her husband ruled in all things. Her frustrations at the limitations of the time are clear, and we know from the histories …
review by . April 21, 2010
In 1202 the eighty-two-year old Eleanor of Aquitaine is at last ready to meet her Maker, nine of her eleven children dead before her, Henry II long in the grave after a brilliant reign, tumultuous marriage and years of fighting with his four heirs, Henry (The Young King), Richard the Lionhearted, Geoffrey and John. From the days of Eleanor's marriage to Louis VII of France (1137), the dissolution of that bond to wed Henry FitzEmpress and the passion that spawns a great and fruitful union, Weir relates …
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