Duchess of Aquitaine: A Novel of Eleanor
"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.
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THE DUCHESS OF AQUITAINE: A Novel of EleanorUser Review - Kirkus
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nolak - LibraryThing
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