Duchess of Aquitaine: A Novel of Eleanor

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St. Martin's Press, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 384 pages

"Love is for peasants," Eleanor said. "We make alliances. And I intend to make a very good one."

Beautiful and brilliant, Eleanor is the daughter of the duke of Aquitaine, whose glittering court is the twelfth-century birthplace of courtly love. For all of the duke's boasts that Eleanor has the brains of a man and the soul of a warrior, everyone knows that a girl of fifteen cannot possibly hold the richest dukedom in France. Everyone, that is, except for her dying father, who insists on leaving Eleanor his most valuable provinces—and making her prey to the first baron who rides in to kidnap her.
In order to safeguard her lands and her life, Eleanor devises a scheme to marry the heir to the throne of France. But she must learn to be careful what she wishes for. Eleanor's alliance to Louis VII may be a dazzling one, but her husband is a cautious man, originally intended for the priesthood, whose wit and courage do not always match Eleanor's own; and she ultimately finds herself seeking an even greater match with Henry II of England.
Sweeping from the courts of Paris to the perils of the Crusades, Duchess of Aquitaine gloriously illuminates the life of one of the most powerful, resourceful, and fascinating women in all of history.

 

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An atmospheric tale of the mythmaking of a young queen.Ball (Acorna's Quest, 1998, with Anne McCaffrey) concentrates on Eleanor's formative years in this densely detailed narrative, from age 15, in ... Read full review

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Eleanor shows her keen intellectual abilities early on as she sets her cap for the son of the King of France. But the young king was intended for the priesthood and is much too boring for Eleanor ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
13
Section 4
29
Section 5
43
Section 6
63
Section 7
75
Section 8
93
Section 16
273
Section 17
303
Section 18
329
Section 19
351
Section 20
Section 21
Section 22
Section 23

Section 9
111
Section 10
127
Section 11
149
Section 12
165
Section 13
183
Section 14
211
Section 15
241
Section 24
Section 25
Section 26
Section 27
Section 28
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About the author (2007)

Margaret Ball, whose previous works include bestselling novels written with Anne McCaffrey, as well as Embeadery, a guide to using classic embroidery stitches in beadwork, lives in Austin, Texas.

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