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Between two camps,
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This novel falls between the totally ludicrous Jean Plaidy portrayal of Eleanor in The Plantagenet Prelude and the brilliant factually correct Sharon Penman picture painted in While Christ and his Saints Slept and carried on into Time and Chance. Affairs with her uncle, Raymond of Antioch resulting in a child, Geoffrey of Normandy, and her troubadour, fabricated to make her appear "scandalous" simply defame the lady unfairly. The work, although an entertaining romp, is not to be taken seriously from a historical point of view. Anne has an attractive presentation coupled with an active imagination. The idea of the future Henry II taking his father's ex-mistress to wife is ridiculous, and Geoffrey le bel would hardly have "poached" on "Saint" Louis' territory knowing what the repercussions would be if it ever came to light. Sorry Anne, I liked The Virgin Widow, which did not defame the dead without foundation, but this one is more fiction based on factual figures. Incidentally, although her sister was named Aelith, she was always called Petronilla.
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Initial post: 27 May 2012 15:07:52 BDT
I couldn't agree more. The title of the book is in itself misleading, implying the story of her marriage to Henry and consequent rule in England. The book stops just as the story should get going. The alleged incest with her Uncle and affair with Henry's father take a lot of believing. Sharon Penman's trilogy of the Plantangenet family is breathtaking, this doesn't come close.
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