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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User Review  - Elysianfield - LibraryThing

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

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User Review  - BookAddictDiary - LibraryThing

The Queen's Pawn paints a fascinating portrait of two little known historical figures and their amazing bond. The story follows the fascinating life of the young French Princess Alais who, at the ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Christy English is the author of two historical novels, The Queen's Pawn and To Be Queen: A Novel fo the Early Life of Eleanor of Aquitane. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Duke University.

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