The Secret Eleanor

The Secret Eleanor

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by Cecelia Holland
     
 

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Eleanor of Aquitaine seized hold of life in the 12th century in a way any modern woman would envy!

1151: As Duchess of Aquitaine, Eleanor grew up knowing what it was to be regarded for herself and not for her husband's title. Now, as wife to Louis VII and Queen of France, she has found herself unsatisfied with reflected glory-and feeling constantly

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Eleanor of Aquitaine seized hold of life in the 12th century in a way any modern woman would envy!

1151: As Duchess of Aquitaine, Eleanor grew up knowing what it was to be regarded for herself and not for her husband's title. Now, as wife to Louis VII and Queen of France, she has found herself unsatisfied with reflected glory-and feeling constantly under threat, even though she outranks every woman in Paris.

Then, standing beside her much older husband in the course of a court ceremony, Eleanor locks eyes with a man-hardly more than a boy, really- across the throne room, and knows that her world has changed irrevocably...

He is Henry D'Anjou, eldest son of the Duke of Anjou, and he is in line, somewhat tenuously, for the British throne. She meets him in secret. She has a gift for secrecy, for she is watched like a prisoner by spies even among her own women. She is determined that Louis must set her free. Employing deception and disguise, seduction and manipulation, Eleanor is determined to find her way to power-and make her mark on history.

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"Cecelia Holland moves through history like a sorceress with a time machine." – Richmond Times–Dispatch

"Holland remains in the front rank of the genre." – Chicago Sun–Times

"Miss Holland exhibits sure command of her material, a rich imagination, and a precision of tone that is equaled by few writers." – The New York Times

"[An] intelligently and lushly developed saga…moves with great energy but without neglecting rich detail; the dim past springs to buoyant and believable life." – Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425234501
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
837,876
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Cecelia Holland moves through history like a sorceress with a time machine." – Richmond Times–Dispatch

"Holland remains in the front rank of the genre." – Chicago Sun–Times

"Miss Holland exhibits sure command of her material, a rich imagination, and a precision of tone that is equaled by few writers." – The New York Times

"[An] intelligently and lushly developed saga…moves with great energy but without neglecting rich detail; the dim past springs to buoyant and believable life." – Booklist

Meet the Author

Cecelia Holland currently lives in northern California where she teaches creative writing and Pelican Bay State Prison.

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The Secret Eleanor 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing could be further from the truth, but Louis VII was not an elderly King to Eleanor since only 4 years separated them. Louis' virility was a match for the lustful Eleanor except for the fact he was a little more pious than his English peer.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Secret Eleanor Cecelia Holland Berkley, Aug 2010, $15.00 ISBN: 9780425234501 By 1151, the Duchess of Aquitaine is perhaps the most powerful female on the continent even before she marries elderly French King Louis VII. However, being the Queen of France fails to live up to the title as expected by Eleanor. In fact she is treated with scorn and feels she has lost some of influence rather than see it expand as she anticipated. When he son of the Duke of Anjou Henry visits the royal court, Eleanor feels the younger man is her male counterpart especially since he has a strong chance of becoming the King of England. Although her husband has her constantly watched, Eleanor and Henry secretly meet and plot for her to dissolve her marriage to Louis and wed Henry. Although Eleanor has been the star of biographical fiction (see The Captive Queen by Alison Weir, The Courts of Love by Jean Plaidy, and Eleanor The Queen by Nora Lofts) numerous times, Cecilia Holland provides a strong tale that focuses on her motivations. Although the key historical events are not new to sub-genre fans, readers will enjoy the latest Eleanor of Aquitaine fictionalized account as Ms. Holland affirms the two-time Queen set the stage for powerful females who follow her lead over the centuries Harriet Klausner
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