• The Winter Crown

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (658 ratings)
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By: Elizabeth Chadwick
Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
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Publisher's summary

Eleanor of Aquitaine

A loving mother. A betrayed wife. A queen beyond compare.

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Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the most powerful women in Europe, is crowned queen of England beside her young husband Henry II. While Henry battles their enemies and lays his plans, Eleanor is an adept acting ruler and mother to their growing brood of children. But she yearns for more than this - if only Henry would listen.

Instead, Henry pushes Eleanor to the sidelines, involving himself with a young mistress and denying Eleanor her rightful authority. As matters reach a crisis, Eleanor becomes caught up in a family rebellion. And even a queen must face the consequences of treason....

Award-winning author Elizabeth Chadwick continues the fascinating story of a queen fighting for her rightful place in a world of divided loyalties and passionate betrayals.

©2014 Elizabeth Chadwick (P)2014 Isis Publishing

Critic reviews

"An author who makes history come gloriously alive." (The Times)

 "Meticulous research and strong storytelling." (Woman & Home

 "A sumptuous ride." (Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph

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This series is more romance novel than history.

Unfortunately this book feels more like a romance novel than good historical fiction. Eleanor of Aquitaine was a strong, heroic woman of the middle ages. She was twice queen consort. She was the mother of multiple kings. She was prisoner, thinker, leader. She suffered many devastating losses. She was superbly intriguing and is a perfect example of what it means to be a feminist. But in this series she often comes off as whiny and simpering. She is dependent rather than leader. I am surprised by all the five star reviews. I have read many better historical fiction novels, and several about Eleanor. Average at best.

Ms Scarfe doesnt help rescue the book either. Her interpretation enhances the bodice ripper aspects of the book. I listened to all three rather than returning them, but I would not waste your credits if you are hoping for a deeper analysis of the history and of Eleanor herself.

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Enjoyable

Light on historical details. I would have liked more depth in the historical sense. It's more like a historical romance

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Beautifully written and narrated

Where does The Winter Crown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 3

Who was your favorite character and why?

eleanor

What does Katie Scarfe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

characterization. she is wonderfully talented

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

Any additional comments?

i found myself "down in the dumps" when I finished the book. will listed again!

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Fell in love

This book is so well
Written I fell
In love with a cpl woman in this book!!

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Not Goid

Accent was annoying and could not even pronounce Aquitaine properly. This book dragged. First one was much better.

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Love the author, narrator is meh

The pronunciation of many of the words of this series are fumbled and it really takes me out of the story. The story itself is fantastic and I love Elizabeth Chadwick’s work.

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Excellent

Loved this story! Can’t wait to start the next! The voice is very good- she does a great job

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Winter crown

Love the book, the voice was perfect. Definitely would recommend this to anyone and everyone.

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This is definitely a " read again "

I love Ms. Chadwicks writing. This particular era has always fascinated me, and in every one of these books, she transports me to hide behind an arras, watching and listening to the day to day events that were truly momentous in our history.

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enjoyed it.

I'm glad I continued on with this book. There was much more to the story in this book than the first book. I can't wait to start the next!

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