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The Autumn Throne: A Novel of Eleanor of…

The Autumn Throne: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

by Elizabeth Chadwick

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Alienor is being kept in isolation at Sarum, far from the court and her estranged husband Henry. Whilst a fragile peace has been maintained between Henry and their sons, Alienor knows that unless Henry gives the boys more freedom he will alienate them further. Alienor is a survivor and as her two eldest boys die, followed by Henry, it is up to her to support her dynasty against both the French king and themselves.

As ever, a new book by Elizabeth Chadwick is a real treat. Yes it is guilty pleasure for me, Chadwick writes historical fiction that is more historical romance and she embroiders much onto the facts but those facts are the solid base. The tale of Eleanor of Aquitaine is well-known but the personality of the woman less so whilst Chadwick takes huge liberties she also creates a a compelling romantic narrative. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Oct 22, 2017 |
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The stunning conclusion to the Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy. Imprisoned by her husband. Separated from her children. If King Henry II thought these things would push his queen into submission, he was wrong. Eleanor of Aquitaine refused to give into his tyranny. Freed by his death, she became dowager Queen of England. But the competition for land and power that Henry bred among his sons had grown into a dangerous rivalry that Eleanor must skillfully control. Eleanor would need every ounce of courage and fortitude as she crossed the Alps in winter to bring her son Richard his bride, ransom him from imprisonment and deal with his brother John's treachery. Her indomitable spirit would be tested to its limits as she attempted to keep the peace between her warring sons, fend off enemies, and negotiate a magnificent future for a chosen granddaughter.… (more)

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