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on 23 June 2002
I've been long awaiting this book, a story of the reign of Henry II and his relationship with the magnificent Eleanor of Aquitaine, as well as the tumultuous events that led to the death of Thomas Becket. I absolutely adore her writing, the detail and care which she takes with her work make it a pleasure to read. Although some may find it overlong it covers so much history and in addition a few of her own characters who only add to the story. Also contained in the book is a little of the earlier history of Wales, she explored its defeat so well in other books (Here be Dragons, Falls the Shadow, The Reckoning), it was fascinating to read a little more of a country long neglected.
I highly recommend this book, but also do read its predecessor, When Christ and the Saints Slept, this will illuminate the story even more.