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By Alison Weir

Having confirmed herself a talented and interesting novelist along with her portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I within the woman Elizabeth and woman Jane gray in blameless Traitor, long island occasions bestselling writer Alison Weir now harks again to the 12th century with a sensuous and tempestuous story that brings vividly to lifestyles England’s so much passionate—and destructive—royal couple: Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II.

Nearing her 30th birthday, Eleanor has spent the earlier dozen problematic years as consort to the pious King Louis VII of France. For all its political benefits, the wedding has introduced Eleanor in basic terms expanding unhappiness—and daughters rather than the hoped-for male inheritor. but if the younger and dynamic Henry of Anjou arrives on the French court docket, Eleanor sees a fashion out of her discontent. For at the same time their eyes meet for the 1st time, the seductive Eleanor and the virile Henry comprehend that theirs is a fondness that can ignite the world.
Returning to her duchy of Aquitaine after the annulment of her marriage to Louis, Eleanor instantly sends for Henry, the longer term King of britain, to come back and marry her. The union of this royal couple will create an unlimited empire that stretches from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees, and marks the start of the prestigious Plantagenet dynasty.

But Henry and Eleanor’s marriage, charged with actual warmth, starts off a fiery downward spiral marred by means of energy struggles, betrayals, sour rivalries, and a devil’s brood of younger Plantagenets—including Richard the Lionheart and the longer term King John. Early on, Eleanor needs to suffer Henry’s ambitious mom, the Empress Matilda, in addition to his infidelities, whereas in later years, Henry’s friendship with Thomas Becket will bring about a dangerous competition. finally, because the couple’s rebellious sons develop impatient for energy, the scene is determined for a vicious and tragic clash that may engulf either Eleanor and Henry.
Vivid intimately, epic in scope, Captive Queen is an awesome and brilliantly wrought historic novel that encompasses the development of an empire and the huge tale of a royal marriage.

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