The Dragon and the Jewel

The Dragon and the Jewel

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by Virginia Henley
     
 

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With her sapphire eyes and silken dark hair, Princess Eleanor was a bewitching beauty made for a man's pleasure.  Once a child bride, but widowed at a tender age, she swore never to marry again and took a vow of eternal chastity...until Simon de Montfort marched into England and set his smoldering dark gaze upon her, King Henry's youngest sister, the

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With her sapphire eyes and silken dark hair, Princess Eleanor was a bewitching beauty made for a man's pleasure.  Once a child bride, but widowed at a tender age, she swore never to marry again and took a vow of eternal chastity...until Simon de Montfort marched into England and set his smoldering dark gaze upon her, King Henry's youngest sister, the royal family's most precious jewel.  Bold, arrogant, and invincible, the towering Norman knight inspired awe in the bravest of men...and a reckless desire in Eleanor's untried heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440206248
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1991
Series:
Plantagenet Trilogy Series , #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
364,447
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.36(d)

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The bestselling author of historical romance novels, Virginia Henley has written more than 40 books, and there are more than five million copies of her books in print. Her best-known books include A Year and a Day, The Border Hostage, and Enslaved.

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Dragon and the Jewel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the romance scenes took my breath away, i had to stop reading after a little while because i forgot to breath i was so into it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
PLANTAGENET TRILOGY in order: THE FALCON AND THE FLOWER........ THE DRAGON AND THE JEWEL....... THE MARRIAGE PRIZE IN addition to the synopsis above: The one thing that bothered me most about this book is.... it took awhile for Simon and Eleanor's story to initiate. I found the first part quite tedious and a bit depressing. Tedious: 'cuz I think the story of Eleanor's first marriage could have been shortened. The more I read about Will Marshall and his attributes, the more I prefer him to be the hero of this book. Depressing: 'cuz I've formed a distinct liking towards Will Marshall in the first book, The Falcon and The Flower. He was a very honorable man. Capable of lifetime of love, loyalty and faithfulness. I was impressed by his character that I wanted more for him other than just a short-live life & happiness. I also didn't particularly favor his marriage to Princess Eleanor mainly because of their age difference. I really wished he married someone of his age and had found lasting love and happiness... However, as I was thinking, perhaps Will Marshall isn't a fictional character afterall. Sad as it may be, Will Marshall and his faith might even be somewhat true in HISTORY, that Virginia Henley have no choice but to write it as it is. I will definitely do some research about this matter as it has deeply piqued my curiosity. Anyway, as the story progressed, I begun to gain my good mood back. I enjoyed Simon and Eleanor's character and love story. I love the way Simon courted Eleanor. His playfullness, gentleness and his attitude towards her. He is so large, a mighty war-lord while she's so tiny. And yet Simon still manages to be very patient and loving towards Eleanor. Awww~! As for the Princess, well... I wasn't disturbed by her proud bearing, her spoiledness, her vanity or her extravagant ways. She is a PLANTAGENET PRINCESS, afterall. What do you expect? In my opinion, It would have been unbelievable and unrealistic for her to be otherwise. I admired her regal bearing as well as her love for Simon. Their love for each other was so strong, so convincing and oh so deep, that it scares me to read about them in the next book, THE MARRIAGE PRIZE, since I already know by historical facts what faith awaits Simon De Monfort. Ugh! I have always been intrigued by the PLANTAGENETS. I've read historical facts about them in the past yet reading their history in this book mixed with romance made it more interesting for me. The historical facts captured me while the romance heightened it. I admired the way Virginia Henley corporated this trilogy. She developed her characters to the fullest, pulling you into their thoughts, making you understand them while instilling FACTS at the same time. She also leave small degrees to allow readers to form their own judgement about her characters, esp. those that are non-fictional. I don't know how she does that but I find it rather fascinating. I've read only 4 of Virginia Henley works but so far, I've notice her books are at least 70% filled of educational historical facts, which is blended uniquely with her own ideas of romantic interlude. I say that's quite impressive, don't u think? Read Virginia Henley's PLANTAGENET TRILOGY. It is educational yet entertaining and heart soaring. This is what HISTORICAL ROMANCE is all about
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Virginia Henley
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I have always loved her books. Each one is differently told, instead of just an enter character name here and the plot remains the same kind of books, each book has its own depth, plot, bad guys ( even if they aren't too bad) and emotions. I usually cry my eyes out at some point in each of her books and this one was no different, the end of section one will do that to you ... thats all I will say with out giving away anything. As a historian, one of the things that draws me to her books, is the amout of research she does before writing, and how closely she keeps to actual historical events. She was actally the first romance author I ever read, so many years ago, and I am still dazzled by her work to this day. I would recommend any and all of her books to anyone who enjoys romance and historical books, or even if they just love great books.
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