By Alison Weir
Having confirmed herself a talented and interesting novelist together with her portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I within the girl Elizabeth and woman Jane gray in blameless Traitor, big apple occasions bestselling writer Alison Weir now harks again to the 12th century with a sensuous and tempestuous story that brings vividly to existence England’s such a lot passionate—and destructive—royal couple: Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II.
Nearing her 30th birthday, Eleanor has spent the earlier dozen challenging years as consort to the pious King Louis VII of France. For all its political benefits, the wedding has introduced Eleanor in simple terms expanding unhappiness—and daughters rather than the hoped-for male inheritor. but if the younger and dynamic Henry of Anjou arrives on the French courtroom, Eleanor sees a manner out of her discontent. For at the same time their eyes meet for the 1st time, the seductive Eleanor and the virile Henry recognize that theirs is a keenness that may ignite the world.
Returning to her duchy of Aquitaine after the annulment of her marriage to Louis, Eleanor instantly sends for Henry, the long run King of britain, to return and marry her. The union of this royal couple will create an unlimited empire that stretches from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees, and marks the start of the distinguished Plantagenet dynasty.
But Henry and Eleanor’s marriage, charged with actual warmth, starts off a fiery downward spiral marred through energy struggles, betrayals, sour rivalries, and a devil’s brood of younger Plantagenets—including Richard the Lionheart and the long run King John. Early on, Eleanor needs to suffer Henry’s ambitious mom, the Empress Matilda, in addition to his infidelities, whereas in later years, Henry’s friendship with Thomas Becket will result in a dangerous competition. finally, because the couple’s rebellious sons develop impatient for energy, the scene is decided for a vicious and tragic clash that may engulf either Eleanor and Henry.
Vivid intimately, epic in scope, Captive Queen is an extraordinary and brilliantly wrought old novel that encompasses the development of an empire and the huge tale of a royal marriage.
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She could barely control herself. Never had she reacted so violently to any man. With an effort, she dragged her eyes—those treacherous eyes—back to the homage that was being performed, then watched Henry, in the wake of his father, falling to his knees and placing his hands between those of the King. “By the Lord,” he said in a deep, gravelly voice, “I will to you be true and faithful, and love all that you love, and shun all that you shun. ” Eleanor was captivated. She wanted this man. Watching him, she knew—she could not have said how—that he was destined to be hers, and that she could have him at the click of her fingers.
We have known, you and I, for a long time, that there are serious doubts about the validity of our marriage,” Eleanor said carefully. A great deal hung on the outcome of this conversation, and she was determined not to let her inbred impetuousness ruin everything. Louis’s heart plummeted like a sinking stone. She looked so fine, sitting there in her bejeweled blue gown, that glorious cloud of hair rippling over her shoulders. He could not believe she was asking him to renounce her. “Pope Eugenius himself blessed and confirmed our union when we were in Rome,” he said quietly.
We will need to find a place to spend the night,” Geoffrey said. “I should send the scouts ahead. My castle of Le Lude is at Sarthe, not far off. ” Comfortably accommodated in the fortress, and after bestirring the castellan and his staff to action, Geoffrey called for a meal, then sat down at the board with Henry and their entourage to enjoy it. Lifting a silver goblet of sweet Anjou wine, he toasted the success of Henry’s planned assault on England. “I cannot fail,” Henry assured him expansively.