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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,549 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alison Weir Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Renowned for her highly acclaimed and bestselling British histories, Alison Weir has in recent years made a major impact on the fiction scene with her novels about Queen Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey. In this latest offering, she imagines the world of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the beautiful twelfth-century woman who was queen of France until she abandoned her royal husband for the younger man who would become king of England. In a relationship based on lust and a mutual desire for great power, Henry II and Eleanor took over the English throne in 1154, thus beginning one of the most influential reigns and tumultuous royal marriages in all of history. In this novel, Weir uses her extensive knowledge to paint a most vivid portrait of this fascinating woman.

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  • “A vivid history…Weir doesn’t skimp on the sex-obsessed court, and her weaving of personal and political narratives with minor details, social trends, and history-defining events creates a surprisingly modern-feeling romance.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rosalyn Landor narrates with a regal tone. Her careful, well-paced delivery allows listeners to immerse themselves in this epic tale of love, lust, conspiracy, and cunning as it weaves history and imagination into a seamless tapestry.”

    AudioFile

  • “A Tudor specialist, popular British historian Weir has ventured, with great success, into the increasingly expansive world of historical fiction….The history itself is inherently dramatic, augmented here by Weir’s usual lush detail, which stimulates rather than detracts from the well-paced narrative.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christina | 2/13/2014

    " This is the best of her fictional novels to date ( I am comparing it to The Lady Elizabeth and Innocent Traitor-). This work has a better pace than the other two and keeps it moving. I think she does a great job of giving us a look at Eleanor. I also read her bio of Eleanor years ago. One small complaint is that she does not cover Eleanor's time on campaign during the first crusade. I think this would have been vary interesting to include since really NO women went on crusade at that time. I also found the treatment of WIlliam Marshall to be rather interesting in this book compared to the historical fiction representation of him in other novels by another author such as the Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion. None the less, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maria | 2/12/2014

    " I was not prepared for all the sex in the book. It was an easy read and did follow history somewhat. In the end I just felt terrible for all the characters. They really messed their lives up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barb | 2/8/2014

    " If you're looking for historical fiction with a leg up (no pun intended; well, yea, intended!) on Harlequin Romances, this may suit you. Brain candy when you need a break, but interesting enough from the historical aspect of the figures to keep one entertained and turning pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Susan | 2/5/2014

    " This was okay. I read Weir's nonfiction biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine some years ago, and that was much better. But I will probably remember this one more. Too much sex for my taste. "

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