The Queen's Pawn

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New American Library, 2010 - Fiction - 378 pages
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A historical novel of the legendary Eleanor of Aquitaine and the one person she loved more than power-her rival for the throne.

At only nine, Princess Alais of France is sent to live in England until she is of age to wed Prince Richard, son of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Alais is an innocent pawn on the chessboard of dynastic marriage, her betrothal intended to broker an uneasy truce between the nations.

Estranged from her husband, Eleanor sees a kindred spirit in this determined young girl. She embraces Alais as a daughter, teaching the princess what it takes to be a woman of power in a world of men. But as Alais grows to maturity and develops ambitions of her own, Eleanor begins to see her as a threat-and their love for each other becomes overshadowed by their bitter rivalry, dark betrayals, conflicting passions, and a battle for revenge over the throne of England itself.

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This book gives it a more happy ending. - LibraryThing
The slowness of the pacing. - Goodreads
Plot: The blurb does say it. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Elysianfield - LibraryThing

3.5/5 stars Alais was sent to England, where she was to be married to his fatherís first wifeís son Richard. She is taken under Eleanorís wings and they form very close friendship. When she meets ... Read full review

Review: The Queen's Pawn (Eleanor of Aquitaine #1)

User Review  - Cynthia Haggard - Goodreads

This is the most unusual historical novel I have ever read. The story of the rivalry between Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen to Louis VII of France and Henry II of England, and her daughter-in-law ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Christy English has a bachelor's degree in history from Duke University. The Queen's Pawn is her first novel.

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