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The Dragon and the Jewel (Medieval Plantagenet, Bk 2)
The Dragon and the Jewel - Medieval Plantagenet, Bk 2 Author:Virginia Henley With her sapphire eyes and silken dark hair, Princess Eleanor was a bewitching beauty made for a man's pleasure.??Once a child bride, but widowed at a tender age, she swore never to marry again and took a vow of eternal chastity...until Simon de Montfort marched into England and set his smoldering dark gaze upon her, King Henry's youngest sister... more », the royal family's most precious jewel.??Bold, arrogant, and invincible, the towering Norman knight inspired awe in the bravest of men...and a reckless desire in Eleanor's untried heart.« less
marame reviewed The Dragon and the Jewel (Medieval Plantagenet, Bk 2) on
Helpful Score: 5
This is one of my all-time favorite romances. I loved the history in this book, although Henley really played fast and loose with the timeline.
I loved Simon and thought him a wonderfully noble character who sacrificed almost everything for love of his Eleanor and country. He was so busy in the service of king and country that most of his life was spent either traveling or fighting on behalf of Edward. The author went to great lengths to explain the heart and soul of this man. He had no interest in being king or ruling England, he wanted to save England from imperial tyranny.
I was deeply saddened to see him and Eleanor turned into power-hungry tyrants in Marriage Prize. Why, after all that wonderful character-building in this book, did the author then turn around and vilify them in Marriage? That's pretty unforgivable, IMHO.
I just finished this book and enjoyed it very much..I am a fan of Virgina Henley. The author goes into some rather descriptic sex, but I don't mind all that much.
I thought it quite interesting that the main characters are based on actual historic events.