Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Captive Queen

Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir  478 pp.

This is an enjoyable, fictionalized look at the turbulent life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, beginning with her soon-to-end marriage to Louis of France through her love and battles with her second husband Henry II. This version is two parts historical fiction, one part bodice ripper, and one part "The Lion in Winter". Much of the dialogue takes on the tone of the verbal battles in that classic Katherine Hepburn/Peter O'Toole movie. Many of the unsubstantiated legends about Queen Eleanor are included.in the story including her affairs with her uncle and with Henry II's father before her marriage to King Louis. Fans of Alison Weir will love this one.

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