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Eleanor of Aquitaine

A loving mother. A betrayed wife. A queen beyond compare.

1154

Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the most powerful women in Europe, is crowned queen of England beside her young husband Henry II. While Henry battles their enemies and lays his plans, Eleanor is an adept acting ruler and mother to their growing brood of children. But she yearns for more than this - if only Henry would listen.

Instead, Henry pushes Eleanor to the sidelines, involving himself with a young mistress and denying Eleanor her rightful authority. As matters reach a crisis, Eleanor becomes caught up in a family rebellion. And even a queen must face the consequences of treason....

Award-winning author Elizabeth Chadwick continues the fascinating story of a queen fighting for her rightful place in a world of divided loyalties and passionate betrayals.

©2014 Elizabeth Chadwick (P)2014 Isis Publishing

What the critics say

 "Meticulous research and strong storytelling." (Woman & Home

 "A sumptuous ride." (Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph

"An author who makes history come gloriously alive." (The Times)

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I really enjoyed this book great story and I like her voice, seems soothing to listen to.

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Great historical context!

Great historical context! The details were well researched and delivered in an interesting and captivating style. The reader seemlessly moves from charactrr to character. Ilook forward to listening to the next book in this series.

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  • Kelly
  • 2017-01-01

This series is more romance novel than history.

Unfortunately this book feels more like a romance novel than good historical fiction. Eleanor of Aquitaine was a strong, heroic woman of the middle ages. She was twice queen consort. She was the mother of multiple kings. She was prisoner, thinker, leader. She suffered many devastating losses. She was superbly intriguing and is a perfect example of what it means to be a feminist. But in this series she often comes off as whiny and simpering. She is dependent rather than leader. I am surprised by all the five star reviews. I have read many better historical fiction novels, and several about Eleanor. Average at best.

Ms Scarfe doesnt help rescue the book either. Her interpretation enhances the bodice ripper aspects of the book. I listened to all three rather than returning them, but I would not waste your credits if you are hoping for a deeper analysis of the history and of Eleanor herself.

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  • Tracey
  • 2015-03-12

Enjoyable

Light on historical details. I would have liked more depth in the historical sense. It's more like a historical romance

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  • Sondra Speer
  • 2020-04-01

Not Goid

Accent was annoying and could not even pronounce Aquitaine properly. This book dragged. First one was much better.

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  • Dr. Lance Moore
  • 2014-12-04

Beautifully written and narrated

Where does The Winter Crown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 3

Who was your favorite character and why?

eleanor

What does Katie Scarfe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

characterization. she is wonderfully talented

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

Any additional comments?

i found myself "down in the dumps" when I finished the book. will listed again!

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  • Gaylie
  • 2019-03-04

a Lost Queen

just awsome trilogy loved Elenenor and can't wait to start the third book. And find out if Henryll loses and she wins.

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  • Diane
  • 2019-01-25

Amazing!

I have enjoyed this book immensely. Finished very quickly, as I had a difficult time putting it down. The narrator, too, is the one of my favorites. She captured all of the passion and heartfelt emotion of Eleanor's plight.

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  • Norasface
  • 2018-07-07

Wonderful

How can anyone not like this book! I listened to book one and two: I can’t wait for my credit so I am purchasing book three. This narrator brings every character to life five stars all around.

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  • RThompson
  • 2018-05-09

Wonderful historical novel

The writer and the reader make midevil Europe come alive. I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy.

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  • Susan V.
  • 2017-10-07

loved it

excellent all the way thru.great listening. voicing was good character development great. accuracy very good

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  • Shannon
  • 2017-06-11

What a tale!

That this has true historical facts woven throughout adds a dimension to this read that strikes my heart like only the best books I have read. I am not a fan of royal novels but this series is a huge exception in my reading tastes. I identify most with Isabelle with the soft heart but I am also sure that faced with the trials Eleanor faced I would react much the same. She was indeed a worthy predecessor of women's strength and will. Highly recommended!!