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The Queen's Pawn

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Christy English

A historical novel of the legendary Eleanor of Aquitaine and the one person she loved more than power-her rival for the throne.      At only nine, Princess Alais of France is sent to live in England until she is of age to wed Prince … see full wiki

Author: Christy English
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: NAL Trade
2 reviews about The Queen's Pawn
review by . May 15, 2010
I was delighted when I was given an opportunity to read and review this book! Because there is such a dearth of information about Eleanor of Aquitaine I especially enjoy books that delve into what her life's story might have been. The additional high point of this book is that it includes the story of Princess Alais (the 'pawn'), daughter of King Louis of France (who was also Eleanor's first husband) by a previous marriage. Alais is seldom a character in books since even less is known about her …
review by . April 06, 2010
In this fascinating tale of kings, queens and power, English draws an intimate portrait of love and passion, between Henry II, his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard Plantagenet and French Princess Alais Capet, daughter of Louis VII. Brought to England for her betrothal to Richard, Alais is only seven-years-old in 1169, innocent and beautiful. Alais falls under the spell of the queen, a mother figure to a motherless girl, who grooms the princess to take her place at Richard's side. As part of …
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