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Excellent Historical Fiction, Not Fact!
on 18 July 2011
This is a very well written and absorbing story. Eleanor of Acquitaine was a woman almost unique in her time who lived an interesting life. She makes excellent source material. The author uses the facts known about her and embroiders and embellishes them to weave a good tale.
However, one has to be careful when putting together fact and fiction. A lot of what the author surmises is the result of her, admittedly fertile imagination. Particularly in connection with Eleanor's affairs, some of the assertions are, frankly, not believable in historical terms. It is very easy to slander the dead!
In particular the racy affairs she conjures with one of her first husband's, the King of France's vassal, is incredible in historical terms. The repercussions on the whole of his family for such uncovered treason would have resulted not only in a painful death but confiscature of land - the really important issue for early medieval families. The affair in the Holy Land is equally an intriguing dalliance for readers of fiction but again not supported with historical evidence or even likelihood.
So worth Five Stars as an excellent historical romantic romp and a great read but loses a little when one puts parts of the tale into the realms of the probable. Suspend belief and enjoy!