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!
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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