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The Captive Queen
Author: Alison Weir

ISBN: 9780099534587
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 7 July 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1 x 3.2
Description:
A top ten bestselling novelist and historian recreates in fiction the most extrordinary and tempestuous marriage in history

It is the year 1152 and a beautiful woman of thirty, attended by only a small armed escort, is riding like the wind southwards through what is now France, leaving behind her crown, her two young daughters and a shattered marriage to Louis of France, who had been more like a monk than a king, and certainly not much of a lover. This woman is Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, and her sole purpose now is to return to her vast duchy and marry the man she loves, Henry Plantagenet, a man destined for greatness as King of England. Theirs is a union founded on lust which will create a great empire stretching from the wilds of Scotland to the Pyrenees. It will also create the devil's brood of Plantagenets - including Richard Cur de Lion and King John - and the most notoriously vicious marriage in history.

The Captive Queen is a novel on the grand scale, an epic subject for Alison Weir. It tells of the making of nations, and of passionate conflicts: between Henry II and Thomas Becket, his closest friend who is murdered in Canterbury Ca...

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