The Dragon and the Jewel [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.


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Young and beloved sister of King Henry, Princess Eleanor is widowed at a tender age and swears never to marry again. But when legendary war lord Simon de Montfort marches into England, a reckless desire ignites them both. They share a passion that erupts in scandal and rocks the embattled realm with the rapture of all-consuming love. Original.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307567413
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/22/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 111,529
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    love scenes hit you to your soul

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2002

    Historical Romance, indeed.

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Amazing

    I love Virginia Henley

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Wonderful

    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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    Posted April 24, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2010

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    BEAUTIFUL WRITING and a GREAT ROMANCE!!

    I absolutely love this book, the detail is terrific! It's everything a girl could want from a historical romance- adventure, true love, and a little smut! The story is told from different perspectives, making it very enjoyable; almost like a movie in your head!

    Would recommend for mature audiences 16+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2001

    a well-told tale....

    I first read this book several years ago and it remains one of my favorite romances....the characters and their machinations are engaging. ms. henley did a wonderful job of creating a 'visual' with her words. What a time in history that must have been!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2000

    Amazinly passionate and intriguing

    The Dragon and the Jewel is one of the most inticing books I've ever read. For being a person whom has never thought much of reading, I now have an urge to constantly read. I must admit that part one of this book does have a bit missing, but if one can get through to the second part, I feel one will be rewarded with a great story of passion and love. I liked this book so much that I spent a fool day, from 8am to 3am, reading, not being able to put it down. Although I can't waite to read another of V. Henley's works, I do wish that, because of the great story of Eleanor and Simon, there could be a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2000

    An excellent book, vintage Henley

    The Dragon and the Jewel is compelling, entertaining, sensually fulfilling historical romance. Simon and Eleanor's challenging, passionate love story set against a background of intrigue and adventure makes the book at least five stars. If possible, I'd give it more. I've read all of Ms. Henley's wonderful work and anxiously await her next book. Virginia Henley is a rare jewel in the historical romance genre.

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