Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Alison Weir and Eleanor of Aquitaine

I've read Alison Weir's biographies for years, wallowing in British History. Then she began writing novels, which, because of her intensive research for her nonfiction, put me thoroughly into the period.
With Captive Queen  she has given us Eleanor of Aquitaine in all her full bodied splendor, from the first moment, when as the wife of King Louis of France, she searches the crowd for her lover Geoffrey Plantagenet, and instead she first sees Geoffrey's son Henry.
The rest, as they say, is history. But what history. I finished the book at 1 this morning, and I'm still so caught up in Eleanor's story, romantic, sexy, violent, that the scenes still echo.

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