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978-1-4000-8250-6 / 9781400082506

The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine (A Queens of England Novel)

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Publisher:Broadway Books

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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When I look back over my long and tempestuous life, I can see that much of what happened to memy triumphs and most of my misfortuneswas due to my passionate relationships with men. I was a woman who considered herself their equaland in many ways their superiorbut it seemed that I depended on them, while seeking to be the dominant partneran attitude which could hardly be expected to bring about a harmonious existence.


Eleanor of Aquitaine was revered for her superior intellect, extraordinary courage, and fierce loyalty. She was equally famous for her turbulent relationships, which included marriages to the kings of both France and England.

As a child, Eleanor reveled in her beloved grandfathers Courts of Love, where troubadours sang of romantic devotion and passion filled the air. In 1137, at the age of fifteen, Eleanor became Duchess of Aquitaine, the richest province in Europe. A union with Louis VII allowed her to ascend the French throne, yet he was a tepid and possessive man and no match for a young woman raised in the Courts of Love. When Eleanor met the magnetic Henry II, the first Plantagenet King of England, their stormy pairing set great change in motionand produced many sons and daughters, two of whom would one day reign in their own right.

In this majestic and sweeping story, set against a backdrop of medieval politics, intrigue, and strife, Jean Plaidy weaves a tapestry of love, passion, betrayal, and heartbreakand reveals the life of a most remarkable woman whose iron will and political savvy enabled her to hold her own against the most powerful men of her time.

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