By Alison Weir
Having confirmed herself a talented and interesting novelist together with her portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I within the woman Elizabeth and girl Jane gray in blameless Traitor, ny occasions bestselling writer Alison Weir now harks again to the 12th century with a sensuous and tempestuous story that brings vividly to existence England’s so much passionate—and destructive—royal couple: Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II.
Nearing her 30th birthday, Eleanor has spent the previous dozen challenging years as consort to the pious King Louis VII of France. For all its political merits, the wedding has introduced Eleanor merely 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 whilst their eyes meet for the 1st time, the seductive Eleanor and the virile Henry recognize that theirs is a keenness 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 long run King of britain, to come back and marry her. The union of this royal couple will create an enormous empire that stretches from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees, and marks the start of the distinguished Plantagenet dynasty.
But Henry and Eleanor’s marriage, charged with actual warmth, starts off a fiery downward spiral marred via energy struggles, betrayals, sour rivalries, and a devil’s brood of younger Plantagenets—including Richard the Lionheart and the long run King John. Early on, Eleanor needs to undergo Henry’s bold mom, the Empress Matilda, in addition to his infidelities, whereas in later years, Henry’s friendship with Thomas Becket will result in a perilous competition. ultimately, because the couple’s rebellious sons develop impatient for strength, 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 outstanding and brilliantly wrought old novel that encompasses the development of an empire and the huge tale of a royal marriage.
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It was burning. “I knew I should not have gone swimming in the heat,” his father said, attempting a smile. “I must have caught a chill. ” “You should go to bed, sire,” Henry advised. “I will,” Geoffrey agreed, but when he tried to get to his feet, he had not the strength, and slumped heavily against the table. Henry jumped up, in unison with four men-at-arms, and together they manhandled the sick man up the stone spiral staircase to the bedchamber above, where they laid him heavily on the fur coverlet spread across the wooden bed.
People are looking. We have talked too long together. ” He raised her hand and kissed it. The touch of his lips, his flesh, was like a jolt to her system. Later that night, Eleanor sat before her mirror, gazing into its burnished silver surface. Her image stared back at her, and she looked upon her oval face with its alabaster-white skin, cherry-red rosebud lips, sensuous, heavy-lidded eyes, and well-defined cheekbones, the whole framed with a cascade of coppery tresses. She marveled that she had as yet no lines or wrinkles, but even so, wondered if Henry would desire her as much when he realized that, at twenty-nine, she was eleven years older than he was.
These uneducated soldiers had never had the benefit of Master Matthew’s learning. His father would live, he knew it. But Geoffrey grew worse, not better, and Henry spent much of the second night bargaining with God. If He would spare his father, then he would renounce Eleanor. He meant it at the time, although he had no idea how he could bear to give her up. God, it seemed, was listening, though, and as the sun rose, Geoffrey opened his eyes, from which the wildness had fled, and spoke lucidly for the first time since his collapse.
Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir