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The Winter Crown (Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy) (edição 2015)

por Elizabeth Chadwick (Autor)

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It is the winter of 1154 and Eleanor, Queen of England, is biding her time. While her husband King Henry II battles for land across the channel, Eleanor fulfils her duty as acting ruler and bearer of royal children. But she wants to be more than this - if only Henry would let her. Instead, Henry belittles and excludes her, falling for a young mistress and leaving Eleanor side-lined and angry. And as her sons become young men, frustrated at Henry's hoarding of power, Eleanor is forced into a rebellion of devastating consequences. She knows how much Henry needs her, but does Henry know himself?… (mais)
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Título:The Winter Crown (Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy)
Autores:Elizabeth Chadwick (Autor)
Informação:Sphere (2015)
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I liked this book considerably more than the first. Still don't care for the author's writing style and tone. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
Penman is still the standard as far as book about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine go. However, if someone wants a read that's just as compelling but without quite as much detail, Chadwick's Eleanor of Aquitaine is the best substitute I've found so far. ( )
  SKNF | Jul 27, 2020 |
In late 1154 Alienor (Eleanor), Duchess of Aquitaine is crowned Queen of England beside her second husband Henry, by late 1173 Alienor is alienated from her husband and is a prisoner. In between times much has changed in Alienor's life. Older than her husband by nine years their marriage was both convenient and full of passion in the early years. They have a series of children together but Alienor finds it hard to reconcile herself with Henry's mistresses and the fact that society expects her to be supportive and accepting of her husband. Alienor is a Duchess in her own right and, as part of the marriage agreement, Henry promised to allow her to rule Aquitaine and be his regent in England, but Henry is a man who finds it hard to relinquish power to anyone, let alone a member of his own family. As their children grow to adults, Henry's restrictions chafe with their sons and his behaviour towards the Church and Alienor spark a schism in the family with sons warring against their father.

This is the second in a planned trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine and, whilst the story is well known, Elizabeth Chadwick weaves her romance around the characters. Chadwick's books are a real guilty pleasure, they are warm and inviting, gentle on the rougher sides to medieval life but steeped in strong historical knowledge and research. This is an ideal book for the fan, for the newcomer or for anyone who sometimes just wants a highly readable but not too taxing book to snuggle up with. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
This is the middle volume in the author's trilogy of novels on Eleanor of Aquitaine. I am very familiar with the course of events in Angevin history through numerous novels and works of fiction, so this has a familiar and comforting feel. As a novel told exclusively through the eyes of Eleanor, Henry II does not come across at all well, and the titanic clash between these two larger than life characters comes across vividly (though sometimes in my view it does become a little tiresome). Given their dominance, few other characters really have room to breathe in this novel; Thomas Becket appears of course, and is successively rather hedonistic as chancellor and then dogmatic and inflexible as Archbishop of Canterbury. Isabel and Hamelin are an attractive pair providing some uplifting relief to the ceaseless conflict of the central pair. Overall this is a stirring historical read like nearly all Chadwick's novels, and I look forward to the publication later this year of the concluding part of the trilogy, The Autumn Throne. ( )
  john257hopper | Jul 3, 2016 |
I received this book via net galley in exchange for an honest review.
It is the winter of 1154 and Eleanor, Queen of England, is biding her time. While her husband King Henry II battles for land across the channel, Eleanor fulfils her duty as acting ruler and bearer of royal children. But she wants to be more than this - if only Henry would let her ...
I loved this book! Being someone who has read nearly every Historical & Historical fiction book there is on the subject of Eleanor of Aquitaine you think i might be a bit jaded with yet another one... I was not!! very well written the storyline had me gripped from the first I am just sad that i did not read the summer queen the first in Elizabeth Chadwick's wonderful trilogy i just cannot wait for the next installment.. ( )
  maximeg | Nov 2, 2015 |
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It is the winter of 1154 and Eleanor, Queen of England, is biding her time. While her husband King Henry II battles for land across the channel, Eleanor fulfils her duty as acting ruler and bearer of royal children. But she wants to be more than this - if only Henry would let her. Instead, Henry belittles and excludes her, falling for a young mistress and leaving Eleanor side-lined and angry. And as her sons become young men, frustrated at Henry's hoarding of power, Eleanor is forced into a rebellion of devastating consequences. She knows how much Henry needs her, but does Henry know himself?

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