The Summer Queen

The Summer Queen

Book - 2014
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Young, golden-haired and blue-eyed Eleanor has everything to look forward to as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood is over. Forced to marry the young prince Louis of France, she barely adjusts before another death catapults them to being crowned King and Queen of France. Leaving everything behind, Eleanor must face the complex and vivacious French court. She is only 13. Barely out of childhood, and forced to deal with great scandals, fraught relationships and forbidden love at every turn, Eleanor finally sees what her future could hold if she could just seize the moment.
Publisher: Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Landmark, c2014.
ISBN: 9781402294068
Branch Call Number: CHADWICK E
Characteristics: 504 p. : maps, geneal. tables ; 21 cm.


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Mar 01, 2018

This book was one of the best historical fictions I've read! I finished it in barely over a day, as I couldn't put it down. Starting out, I did not realize the story was about a real person. My suggestion before reading is to familiarize yourself with the known history, and then dive into the book. It helps to clear some gaps in understanding. Besides that, Chadwick portrays Alienor (a.k.a. Eleanor) as a strong, resilient woman who just wants to live a life she deserves! I felt all the emotions she went through-- happy, sad, angry, and scared. I had to bring myself back into reality a couple times, as I became so overwhelmed! I would recommend this to anyone who wants a truly remarkable read!

ChristchurchLib Aug 20, 2013

At the behest of her dying father, 13-year-old Eleanor, daughter of Duke William of Aquitaine, weds Louis, Crown Prince of France, in order to ensure the duchy's safety. When their union proves disastrous, Eleanor negotiates an annulment and wins her freedom - just in time to meet the dashing Henry, Duke of Normandy and future King of England. Inspired by Eleanor of Aquitaine, Sharon Kay Penman's Time and Chance examines her tumultuous marriage to Henry II, and Alison Weir's Captive Queen recounts her later life, including her long imprisonment. Historical Fiction February 2015 newsletter.


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