The Summer Queen

The Summer Queen

A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

Large Print - 2015
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New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor of Aquitaine to life with breathtaking historical detail in the first volume of this stunning new trilogy.

Eleanor of Aquitaine, the legendary 12th century queen of France and later of England, is one of the most powerful and irrepressible women in medieval history, and her story of romance, scandal and political intrigue has fascinated readers for centuries.

Young Eleanor (or Alienor as she was known) has everything to look forward to as the heiress to the wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father William X suddenly dies, childhood is over. Sent to Paris and forced to marry Prince Louis VII of France, she barely adjusts before another death catapults them to King and Queen. At the age of just 13, Eleanor must leave everything behind and learn to navigate the complex and vivacious French court. Faced with great scandals, trials, fraught relationships, and forbidden love at every turn, Eleanor finally sees what her future could hold if she could just seize the moment.

The first in this highly anticipated trilogy, The Summer Queen follows Eleanor through the Second Crusade to the end of her marriage to Louis VII. The author's meticulous research (including delving into the Akashic records) portrays the Middle Ages and Eleanor with depth and vivid imagery unparalleled in historical fiction that will keep readers riveted and wanting more.

Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9781410485236
Characteristics: 765 pages :,maps, genealogical tables ;,23 cm.


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Aug 31, 2020

Loved this book! Beautifully detailed and language. I really enjoyed the evolution of her marriage and the chance for her to have love in her second marriage.

Mar 01, 2018

This book was one of the best historical fictions I've read! I finished it in barely over a day, as I couldn't put it down. Starting out, I did not realize the story was about a real person. My suggestion before reading is to familiarize yourself with the known history, and then dive into the book. It helps to clear some gaps in understanding. Besides that, Chadwick portrays Alienor (a.k.a. Eleanor) as a strong, resilient woman who just wants to live a life she deserves! I felt all the emotions she went through-- happy, sad, angry, and scared. I had to bring myself back into reality a couple times, as I became so overwhelmed! I would recommend this to anyone who wants a truly remarkable read!

ChristchurchLib Aug 20, 2013

At the behest of her dying father, 13-year-old Eleanor, daughter of Duke William of Aquitaine, weds Louis, Crown Prince of France, in order to ensure the duchy's safety. When their union proves disastrous, Eleanor negotiates an annulment and wins her freedom - just in time to meet the dashing Henry, Duke of Normandy and future King of England. Inspired by Eleanor of Aquitaine, Sharon Kay Penman's Time and Chance examines her tumultuous marriage to Henry II, and Alison Weir's Captive Queen recounts her later life, including her long imprisonment. Historical Fiction February 2015 newsletter.

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