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The Captive Queen by [Weir, Alison]
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Should be savored . . . Weir wastes no time captivating her audience. Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Stunning . . . As always, [Alison] Weir renders the bona fide plot twists of her heroine s life with all the mastery of a thriller author, marrying historical fact with licentious fiction. The Star Tribune
Engaging and dramatic . . . [Weir] laudably sticks to the historic facts while simultaneously using her imaginative gifts. The Star-Ledger
The history itself is inherently dramatic, augmented here by Weir s usual lush detail, which stimulates. Booklist "

-Should be savored . . . Weir wastes no time captivating her audience.---Seattle Post-Intelligencer

-Stunning . . . As always, [Alison] Weir renders the bona fide plot twists of her heroine's life with all the mastery of a thriller author, marrying historical fact with licentious fiction.---The Star Tribune
-Engaging and dramatic . . . [Weir] laudably sticks to the historic facts while simultaneously using her imaginative gifts.---The Star-Ledger
-The history itself is inherently dramatic, augmented here by Weir's usual lush detail, which stimulates.- --Booklist

"Should be savored . . . Weir wastes no time captivating her audience."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Stunning . . . As always, [Alison] Weir renders the bona fide plot twists of her heroine's life with all the mastery of a thriller author, marrying historical fact with licentious fiction."--The Star Tribune

"Engaging and dramatic . . . [Weir] laudably sticks to the historic facts while simultaneously using her imaginative gifts."--The Star-Ledger

"The history itself is inherently dramatic, augmented here by Weir's usual lush detail, which stimulates." --Booklist

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A top ten bestselling novelist and historian recreates in fiction the most extraordinary and tempestuous marriage in history

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2496 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (28 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OEIDAM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I wasn't disappointed with this. Maybe it could be argued that the dialogue is rather 'modern' but I think if you are writing about the 12th century it's a necessity really to translate the thoughts and words of the characters into idiomatically understandable English but I couldn't fault the power of the story and its telling or the vice like grip of the narrative. This isn't a period of history I'm as familiar with as the Tudors and I came to Eleanor's story with not much foreknowledge which actually wasn't a bad thing. Perhaps if you are well up on your mediaeval scholarship, you will pick a lot of holes. All I can say for me is that I was gripped through the weekend and it is lingering in my mind. Quite wonderful. I was very moved. It informs and entertains. What more do you want? I'm looking forward to any more novels that Alison Weir writes, having greatly enjoyed her others Innocent Traitor and the Lady Elizabeth. I would have given it 4 and a half stars if possible...not quite perfect for me to give 5.
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A fascinating study of the turbulent marriage between Eleanor and HenryII. It shows how powerful in political terms Eleanor was, and how determined she was to get her own way. But it also shows how highly sexed both she and Henry were and that sexual gratification was the bedrock of their relationship. However to my mind the most interesting fact to come out of this book is Eleanor's deep love of Aquitaine and its warring factions and her realisation that only she had the knowledge of how to rule it effectively. This book is fiction but also a valuable and true historial account of the period.
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I feel I have got to know Eleanor and have some insight into her life. . . . . .
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Brilliant I loved it
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Great quality very happy
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read a lot of Alison's books,always makes me read more of her work
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My wife ordered this for a reading group. She persevered for a few days but found it unreadable. The writer intersperses cod medievalisms with inappropriate modernisms; the book should be nominated for the Bad Sex Award; Eleanor of Aquitaine is left as a lusty nympho with "chestnut tresses", not the long-lived and powerful political manipulator she really was. If you want a novel about the past, Hilary Mantel's books are infinitely more fun to read, and are real literature.
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Alison Weir makes another foray into non-Tudor history with this novel about the tempestuous marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II, which complements her biography of this Queen published back in the 1990s. This novel has been judged somewhat more harshly than most of Weir's other works, being considered by many as too Mills and Boon-ish, or even as soft porn, in its portrayal of the passionate physical and emotional relationship between these two extremely colourful figures. While I can see why some readers think that, this is by no means inconsistent with what we know from the historical record about their relationship, and indeed of all the mutual relationships between the Angevins, the "Devil's Brood", who are probably the most colourful set of rulers of this country, along with the Tudors, no doubt the main reason why these two nasties are by far the most popular subjects for writers of historical fiction, as well as, for the most part, for writers for historical non-fiction. I did feel, though, that Weir sometimes fell into the trap of imputing Eleanor with feelings about her marriage and her husband that were too modern for a 12th century character, even one as larger than life as this - by the standards of Medieval kings Henry II's affairs with Rosamund de Clifford and others were not at all unusual and his production of bastards lagged well behind that of the first King Henry. A worldly wise ruler like Eleanor would have known this, though in this novel the clash between her judgement and her emotions is usually resolved in favour of the former. These clashes do make the plot a bit repetitive at times. But these are relatively minor criticisms - any decent novel about the Angevins is almost bound to be a good page turner and this no exception.
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