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The Plantagenet Prelude: (Plantagenet Saga) [Kindle Edition]

Jean Plaidy
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Book Description

The first book in Jean Plaidy's epic Plantagenet series.



When William X dies, the duchy of Aquitaine is left to his fifteen-year-old daughter, Eleanor. But such a position for an unmarried woman puts the whole kingdom at risk. So on his deathbed William made a will that would ensure his daughter's protection: he promised her hand in marriage to the future King of France.



Eleanor grows into a romantic and beautiful queen, but she has inherited the will of a king, and is determined to rule Aquitaine using her husband's power as King of France. Her resolve knows no limit and, in the years to follow she is to become one of history's most scandalous queens.


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    "Her novels are still very much to be enjoyed ... Any writer who can both educate and thrill a reader of any age deserves to be remembered and find new fans ... One only has to look at the TV/Media to see that the appetite for this kind of writing is still very much there" (Matt Bates WH Smith Travel)

    "Jean Plaidy doesn't just write the history, she makes it come alive." (Julia Moffat, RNA)

    "Miss Plaidy does full justice to the trials of Henry II's last years. The demands of the vast Angevin Empire, provide strong dramatic material which she handles with her usual skill." (Sunday Times)

    "These books are page-turners; they offer a wonderful way to learn about history, their heroines are smart, strong and in control of their destinies and their stories will remain with you for ever...They are a celebration of women's spirit throughout history." (Daily Express)

    "Full-blooded, dramatic, exciting" (Observer)

    Book Description

    The first book in Jean Plaidy's epic Plantagenet series

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 605 KB
    • Print Length: 432 pages
    • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (15 Feb. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004E10R7M
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,638 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Jean Plaidy, one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also know as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy's novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Scandal in the twelth century 4 Feb. 2013
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I am enjoying re-reading all the Jean Plaidy's that I enjoyed from my youth and possibly finding some, like this, that I had not read. I am a bit of a history junkie but have never really been interested in any period before the Wars of the Roses. However, how wrong was I? Eleanor of Aquitaine is arguably the most fascinating woman in British history. In an age when women were merely baby-carriers she was rich, held land, married at her own will and seemed to behave like a very modern woman.

    The parts of the book before she meets and marries Henry II of England are very different to the second half. As a younger woman in France she appears cruel, selfish and very frivolous and perhaps a bit foolish. It is extremely hard to like her but once she marries Henry, Thomas Becket takes centre stage (and I had NO idea his birth was so interesting) so I was able to get to grips with a story I had only known in a very vague way. I got to learn more about the atrocious Henry - and Eleanor took a back seat - bringing up a never ending array of children.

    By the end of the book I was really gripped with this period and immediately ordered the next one - The Revolt of the Eaglets.

    Jean Plaidy has her own writing style and it is slightly different to how modern history novellists write but enjoyable nonetheless so I will enjoy continuing to work my way through the series.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars As gripping as all Jean Plaidy books 7 Sept. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I have been a fan of Jean Plaidy books for 50 years and was devastated when they went out of print. I asked at Waterstones about them and the next thing they were back on the shelves! It's brilliant that I can get them on the Kindle so will probably go right through the list. The Plantagenets series are all excellent reads and I thoroughly recommend them if you like historical novels.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Medieval Convention Buster 16 Aug. 2013
    By Ginger
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This book is a mixture of fact and pure entertainment. It charts the life of Eleanor of Acquitaine from the death of her father, the ruler of the Duchy, when she was 15 (making her the heiress), through her marriage to and divorce from King Louis of France leading her to her love match with Henry II of England, a marriage which eventually turns into bitter mutual hatred, following Henry's decision to find a place in the royal nursery for a son, Geoffrey, born out of wedlock to one of his mistresses. The final seal of doom is set on the relationship when a rash outburst from the king prompts four of his knights to murder Thomas a Beckett in Canterbury Cathedral. This results in both Eleanor and their sons turning against Henry and plotting his downfall.

    The novel is a compulsive and enjoyable read as it depicts Eleanor as a woman who tore up and threw away the Medieval rule book governing relationships with men, adding mixed race relationships,and incest between uncle and niece to a bubbling cauldron of implicitly expressed passionate love and hate.

    It is also fascinating for its attempt to study the complex relationship between Henry and Thomas a Beckett, starting with friendship and brotherly love, when Beckett became Henry's Chancellor, and ending in two-way suspicion and distrust when Thomas is made Archbishop of Canterbury and chooses obedience to God rather than monarch.

    This book is a successful blend of fact and fiction and at times it's hard to discern where one ends and the other begins. Its greatest achievement may be that it might encourage readers to study factual history about the people and events at this time. Highly recommended.
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    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction Novel on William I 27 Jun. 2007
    Format:Paperback
    I actually rather enjoyed this book and it encouraged me to start reading all of Jean Plaidy's novels from William the Conquer through to Queen Victoria.

    You have to remember that the novel try's to remain true to actual events, and there is not much written documentation from this era, that is either not bias or of false representation.

    True, Philippa Gregory's books are excellent (and I would also recommend these), but she has the advantage of writing about well documented events, passionate times, with racy courtiers and the danger of having your head lopped off by Henry VIII. The medieval times were of poets, romance, crusades and slightly more reserved characters.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner 2 Aug. 2007
    By GLS
    Format:Paperback
    Jean Plaidy is a far better author than Phillipa Gregory who has very much copied Jean's style. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the plantagenet series and also the catherine medici series.

    Sometimes her style is a little over repetitive and she uses short sentences, but on the whole there is plenty to evoke the imagination. If you like historical fiction - her books are real pages turners.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read. 11 Mar. 2012
    Format:Paperback
    I chose this book as an introduction to the Plantagenet period of history and found it interesting and informative although the author does seem to incorporate every bit of historical rumour relating to Eleanor. All in all a good read and I will try the next book in the series.
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    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm.. 24 July 2007
    Format:Paperback
    This book does not start well. After reading 'The Greatest Knight/The Scarlet Lion' I have a very fond image of Eleanor of Aquaitine, which the book seemed set on destroying. As far as Im aware, elements of Eleanors life which the book draws upon are not always accurate..

    However once the book, in my opinon, stopped blackening Eleanors name, it became much more readable and I quite enjoyed the passages about Thomas Beckett - and I never knew his mother has been a muslim convert?

    In generally the book was readable, although I did not find Plaidys style very imaginative or creative. She did not spin a story web.. instead her sentances are very short and punctuated - which while made reading easy and quick, did not caputure and create.

    I have read other books of hers which are better.. but wanted to read this one as I like the plantagent era. It does give insight into this period, but prefer Elizabeth Chadwicks portrayal.
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    Published 6 months ago by Heather S
    5.0 out of 5 stars A contentious read that challenges your belief system
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    If you love this era, you will love this book.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    As a huge fan of Hilary Mantel Sharon Penman and Elizabeth Chadwick I found this novel , by comparison, to be lacking in detail and atmosphere. Read more
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