When William X dies, the duchy of Aquitaine is left to his 15-year-old daughter, Eleanor. But such a position for an unmarried woman puts the whole kingdom at risk. So on his deathbed William made a will that would ensure his daughter’s protection: he promised her hand in marriage to the future King of France. Eleanor grows into a romantic and beautiful queen, but she has inherited the will of a king, determined to rule Aquitaine using her husband’s power as King of France. Her resolve knows no limit and, in the years to follow, she is to become one of history’s most scandalous queens.
©1976 Jean Plaidy (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"An incredible woman"
The life and times of Eleanor of Aquitaine make a great subject for a book, or several books, but Plantagenet Prelude missed the mark for me. Mostly I didn't care for the readers voice, I think it would be better suited to reading books for children. I wanted to spend more time getting to know Eleanor, Henry, Thomas and other important characters of that time, but I would recommend the book for introducing its readers to the times of the early Plantagenets.
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