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The Resource Captive queen : a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alison Weir

Captive queen : a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alison Weir

Label
Captive queen : a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
Title
Captive queen
Title remainder
a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
Statement of responsibility
Alison Weir
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The author harks back to the twelfth century with a sensuous and tempestuous tale that brings vividly to life England's most passionate and destructive royal couple: Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II. Nearing her thirtieth birthday, Eleanor has spent the past dozen frustrating years as consort to the pious King Louis VII of France. For all its political advantages, the marriage has brought Eleanor only increasing unhappiness and daughters instead of the hoped for male heir. But when the young and dynamic Henry of Anjou arrives at the French court, Eleanor sees a way out of her discontent. For even as their eyes meet for the first time, the seductive Eleanor and the virile Henry know that theirs is a passion that could ignite the world. Returning to her duchy of Aquitaine after the annulment of her marriage to Louis, Eleanor immediately sends for Henry, the future King of England, to come and marry her. The union of this royal couple will create a vast empire that stretches from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees, and marks the beginning of the celebrated Plantagenet dynasty. But Henry and Eleanor's marriage, charged with physical heat, begins a fiery downward spiral marred by power struggles, betrayals, bitter rivalries, and a devil's brood of young Plantagenets including Richard the Lionheart and the future King John. Early on, Eleanor must endure Henry's formidable mother, the Empress Matilda, as well as his infidelities, while in later years, Henry's friendship with Thomas Becket will lead to a deadly rivalry. Eventually, as the couple's rebellious sons grow impatient for power, the scene is set for a vicious and tragic conflict that will engulf both Eleanor and Henry. This is an historical novel that encompasses the building of an empire and the monumental story of a royal marriage
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
823/.92
Illustrations
  • maps
  • genealogical tables
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • PR6123.E36
  • PR6123.E36
LC item number
  • C37 2010
  • C37 2010
Literary form
fiction
Label
Captive queen : a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alison Weir
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published by Hutchinson, a division of Random House Group Limited, London
Contents
Genealogical table: Eleanor and her family connections -- Marriage of lions, 1151-1154 -- This turbulent priest, 1155-1171 -- Cubs shall awake, 1172 -1173 -- Poor prisoner, 1173-1189 -- Eagle rejoices, 1189 -- Envoi: Winchester, 1189 -- Epilogue: Abbey of Fontevrault, March 1204
Control code
462880106
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
478 p.
Isbn
9780345511874
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010014855
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)462880106
Label
Captive queen : a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alison Weir
Publication
Note
Originally published by Hutchinson, a division of Random House Group Limited, London
Contents
Genealogical table: Eleanor and her family connections -- Marriage of lions, 1151-1154 -- This turbulent priest, 1155-1171 -- Cubs shall awake, 1172 -1173 -- Poor prisoner, 1173-1189 -- Eagle rejoices, 1189 -- Envoi: Winchester, 1189 -- Epilogue: Abbey of Fontevrault, March 1204
Control code
462880106
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
478 p.
Isbn
9780345511874
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010014855
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)462880106

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