The winter crown A novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

Elizabeth Chadwick, 1957-

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Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark [2015]
Physical Description
487 pages: illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 486-487).
Main Author
Elizabeth Chadwick, 1957- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In the second novel in the Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy(following The Summer Queen, 2014), the queen faces continual struggles with marriage, motherhood, the king's infidelity, and how to assert her power over the throne. When her husband, Henry II of England, leaves her for a young mistress, she's faced with a level of betrayal she never thought possible, causing her to lash out and fight back. But drastic protest and revolt have severe consequences, as Eleanor quickly learns throughout her brutal effort to understand just who she really is. Chadwick has a knack for bringing historical characters to believable life while making their predicaments as immediate and understandable as modern-day scandals as she crafts page-turning suspense about an all-entrancing royal duo. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

As Queen of England, Eleanor has decided that her role as Queen has been fulfilled and wants to gain her own power by exacting retribution on her husband, Henry II, for his indiscretions and infidelities.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Leaving France behind to become Queen of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine has a new cast of enemies—including her own husband, in the next book by New York Times bestselling author, Elizabeth ChadwickEver since her marriage to Louis VII of France was annulled, Eleanor has more than fulfilled her duty as Queen of England—she has given her husband, Henry II, heirs to the throne and has proven herself as a mother and ruler. But Eleanor needs more than to be a bearer of children and a deputy; she needs command of the throne. As her children grow older, and her relationship with Henry suffers from scandal and infidelity, Eleanor realizes she must take the crown for herself if she ever wants to become the powerful woman she's destined to be. But even a queen must face the consequences of treason...Chadwick's meticulous research portrays the Middle Ages and Eleanor with depth and vivid imagery unparalleled in historical fiction and captures readers in a web of intrigue they won't want to escape.In the second book in the Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, a royal marriage where love and hatred are intertwined and a battle for power fraught with deception create a riveting story of medieval fiction sure to mesmerize.The Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy:The Summer Queen (Book 1)The Winter Crown (Book 2)The Autumn Throne (Book 3)