Good. 0449216578. Later prtg as shown extensive exterior weather + 20% F cover missing; no names, not marked-in, underscored, clearance or discard. Mails from NYC usually within 12 hours.; The Queens of England, Vol 5; 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches; 486 pages; \nFrom Publishers Weekly This fifth volume in the Queens of England Series is devoted to Eleanor of Aquitaine. Evoking the beautiful, tempestuous and sensual woman who divorced the King of France and married the King of England, Plaidy employs the ingratiating domestic details that are characteristic of her historical storytelling. Despite a hobbling first-person narrative that tends to repetition, the novel is dramatic in the sweep of its background and in the vividly realized events of Eleanor's long life. Raised with the Provencal languor of the courtly love tradition in her native Aquitaine, her beauty the toast of jongleurs, Eleanor relieves the tedium of her marriage to the pious French King Louis by daringly joining the Crusaders. She further shocks by pursuing her attraction to unattractive Henry Plantagenet, lured as much by the English crown as by the mutual sensuality that produces her favorite son, the enigmatic Richard the Lionhearted. Later, ambitious, headstrong Eleanor locks wills with Henry, leading to her imprisonment for many years. Even then, Eleanor remains central to the tumultuous epoch that witnessed the murder of Thomas a Becket and other royal infamies. Plaidy's prose style is serviceable at best, lacking in grace and nuance. Readers who enjoy easily accessible historical fiction, however, will find Eleanor's story adequately told. Copyright 1988 Reed.
Very good minus mass market paperback with light edgewear to wraps and slight cupping to spine. Small crease to lower corner of rear wrap. ISBN 0-449-21657-8. 487 pages plus ads. Includes bibliography. " The story of Eleanor of Aquitaine. " ROMANCE. RO.
Very good mass market paperback with light edgewear to wraps. Spine is UNCREASED. Pages beginning to yellow. ISBN 0-449-21657-8. 487 pages. Fifth volume of the Queens of England series. Told by Eleanor-wife of Louis VII of France and Henry II of England. FICTION. ROYALTY.
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