The Captive Queen

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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 Cœur 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 Cathedral on his orders; between Eleanor and Henry’s formidable mother Matilda; between father and sons, as Henry’s children take up arms against him; and finally between Henry and Eleanor herself.

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"Should be savored . . . Weir wastes no time captivating her audience."--"Seattle Post-Intelligencer""Stunning . . . As always, [Alison] Weir renders the bona fide plot twists of her heroine's life with all the mastery of a thriller author, marrying historical fact with licentious fiction."--"The Star Tribune""Engaging and dramatic . . . [Weir] laudably sticks to the historic facts while simultaneously using her imaginative gifts."--"The Star-Ledger" "The history itself is inherently dramatic, augmented here by Weir's usual lush detail, which stimulates." --"Booklist "

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A top ten bestselling novelist and historian recreates in fiction the most extraordinary and tempestuous marriage in history

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