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The Revolt of the Eaglets by Jean Plaidy

The Revolt of the Eaglets (1977)

by Jean Plaidy

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Although Jean Plaidy is one of my favourite authors, she does annoy me in books like this by repeating certain themes, over and over. The amount of times Henry II wishes his sons loved him and questioning why they don't is one such example.

This period of English and French history is a fascinating one, and at times this novel does a good job of re-enacting them, but the repetition of several characters' views and feelings dampens what could've been a much better novels.

Overall I'm more impressed than otherwise with "The Revolt of the Eaglets", as the four stars suggest, but there's a lot of missed potential here. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Jun 13, 2016 |
Another Plaidy novel that is a good intro to history, but too sanitised. History buffs would agree I am sure, that while these novels are mainly factual, they rely a great deal on conjecture. I suppose this is to be expected in a work of fiction, but it is well for readers to be aware of the difference. ( )
  CarolBurnett | Jan 18, 2015 |
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News of Thomas a Becket's martyrdom has spread throughout Christendom and the blame is laid at the feet of Henry Plantagenet, King of England. Two years later, with Becket canonized, Henry's position is precarious: punished at the Pope's insistence for his part in Becket's death, he now also has an enemy in his Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, after her discovery of his longstanding infidelity with Rosamund Clifford. Eleanor is determined to seek vengeance, so, with King Philip of France, she encourages her sons to conspire, both against their father and each other. Much embattled, the old eagle Henry struggles to fend off both rebellion and the plots of his aggressively circling offspring...
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Henry Plantagenet bestrode the throne of England like an aging eagle perching dangerously in the evening of his life. The murder of the sainted Becket had earned him the condemnation of all Christendom. Since discovering his infidelity with Rosamund Clifford, his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has determined to destroy him.… (more)

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