To Be Queen: A Novel of the Early Life of Eleanor of Aquitaine

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The author of The Queen's Pawn delves into the early life of the legendary Eleanor of Aquitaine in her new historical novel.

After her father's sudden death, fifteen-year-old Eleanor is quickly crowned Duchess of Aquitaine and betrothed to King Louis VII. When her new husband cannot pronounce her given name, Alienor becomes Eleanor, Queen of France.

Although Louis is enamored of his bride, the newly crowned king is easily manipulated by the ...

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Overview

The author of The Queen's Pawn delves into the early life of the legendary Eleanor of Aquitaine in her new historical novel.

After her father's sudden death, fifteen-year-old Eleanor is quickly crowned Duchess of Aquitaine and betrothed to King Louis VII. When her new husband cannot pronounce her given name, Alienor becomes Eleanor, Queen of France.

Although Louis is enamored of his bride, the newly crowned king is easily manipulated by the church and a God that Eleanor doesn't believe in. Now, if she can find the strength to fight for what she wants, Eleanor may finally find the passion she has longed for, and the means to fulfill her legacy as Queen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451232304
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 644,571
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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Christy English

Christy English has a bachelor's degree in history from Duke University. She lives in New York City.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

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    The Passion to Become One's Destiny!

    "As I sat alone in my tent, with only Amaria to attend me, I wondered. Perhaps it was time to build a new dream for myself." What is it like to be raised by a loving father who instilled a sense of equality and dignity in a daughter that would enable her to rule the Province of Aquitaine one day? How does one maintain that dream in a world of marriage to King Louis VII, the boy King who loves the Catholic Church more than his kingdom or wife, for the most part, who considers sexual relations to be a grievous sin for which he must constantly repent?

    This is the story of Eleanor's early years when she is clinging to her independence in a world that sees woman as worthy of dalliance, piety, and childbirth. Correction - most woman are allowed dalliance, but the Queen of France is expected to be the model Christian Queen. At first she believes she can bring Louis around to be a close husband in all ways but gradually she knows it's a losing battle against Louis' confessors, one of whom will later reveal grievous crimes beyond one's comprehension.

    Travel with Eleanor and Louis on their way to the Crusades in Jerusalem, experiencing the architecture, interior design, food, and styles of the citizens of Constantinople, Antioch, and more European cities that greet this royal couple with joy while their leaders reveal scintillating and devious motivations and acts that continue to shock and alarm the reader.

    Know the brief joy that Eleanor finds with two men throughout these years and finally one,Henry of Normandy, to whom she will give her heart, mind and soul forever. Christy English has written a well-researched but quite realistic picture of Eleanor of Aquitaine, who "became" the renowned fiery, powerful leader during these younger years when life seemed fragile and yet glorious enough to grasp, live in fully, and celebrate with those who shared her dreams.

    Ever provocative, unpredictable, humorous, and free in spirit, Eleanor will delight you through every page of this very, very enjoyable novel. Delightful, Christy English!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

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    This is a biographical fictional prequel to The Queen's Pawn with much of the focus on the first royal marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine

    Her father Duke of Aquitaine William X trained Eleanor to maneuver her way through the volatile lethal world of regal politics. When he died when she was fifteen, she became the duchess as he mentored her to be. Her people adored and cherished their duchess. French King Louis adores Eleanor and three months after she became duchess she became his queen. They have two daughters, but Eleanor is disappointed in her spouse as he allows the Church to direct him instead of his acting as the monarch. Their marriage is shaky and collapses when Eleanor meets dynamic Henry of Normandy. Eleanor ends her marriage to Louis and crosses the Channel to wed her beloved Henry.

    This is a biographical fictional prequel to The Queen's Pawn with much of the focus on the first royal marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine. At a time when female power meant no power, Eleanor learned starting with her mentoring father how to navigate a world of backstabbing betrayers to become a queen on both sides of the Channel. Well written, sub-genre readers, especially those who cherish the medieval period, will want to read Christy English's entertaining look at the prototype for woman power.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Good read

    I've read a lot about Eleanor of Aquitaine before. She was a strong, intelligent woman. However, there has been more recent research into her life that suggests certain differences from this book. She may have been born in1124, not 1122, aspreviously thought. More recent thinking is that she wasn't an unfaithful wife, as previously thought, just a dissatisfied one. In the 12th century, strong, independent women like Eleanor were frequently vilified and called whores, but that doesn't mean these accusations were true. Henry's promise to her that she'd rule beside him wasn't true, either. Henry II, as king, took all power into his own hands, and ruled alone through his appointed ministers and underlings. He was frequently unfaithful to Eleanor, but his dalliances were mostly short-lived. Only his affair with Rosamund Clifford lasted longer, which angered Eleanor. But the real reasons for his sons' rebellion was his refusal to give them real power, despite bestowing on them titles and lands, and this also lead Eleanor to support them. (In any case, I believe Rosamund clifford was already dead by the time the sons rebelled).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Enjoyable reading

    An interestng travel through history

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    Eleanor of Aquitaine is a fascinating woman. She's strong even a

    Eleanor of Aquitaine is a fascinating woman. She's strong even at times when she wants to cry. Her father instilled that sense of strength and she carries it throughout her struggles and achievements. She's an intelligent woman in a world dominated by men. Even though she's tough on the outside, she has a great capacity to love. I enjoyed Christy English's depiction of Eleanor in her early years. As she grew, I grew to love her. Ms. English did a great job with characterization, setting, and she didn't bog things down with so much needless detail that can sometimes smother my attention.

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