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Subject: Can you recommend?
Date Posted: 7/13/2008 4:59 PM ET
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Can anyone recommend a good book about Eleanor of Aquitaine?  I want fiction (reasonably accurate) not a biography.

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 5:12 PM ET
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I haven't read these yet, but Sharon Kay Penman wrote a trilogy about Eleanor and Henry:

When Christ and his Saints Slept

Time and Chance

The Devil's Brood (being released later this year)

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 7:14 PM ET
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I would suggest the Duchess of Aquitaine by Margaret Ball for a good novel of this queen.

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 8:12 PM ET
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From what I can remember, Penman's When Christ and His Saints Slept mostly covers the war between Matilda and Stephen and Eleanor/Henry don't show up until close to the end.  I haven't read Time and Chance yet (but am planning on it soon since Devil's Brood comes out in the fall) but I think it's primary focus is Eleanor and Henry.   And since it's Penman, I'm sure it's good.

Jean Plaidy's The Courts of Love is told by Eleanor herself and, in the manner of Plaidy, a good, basic story.  Her Plantagenet Prelude and Revolt of the Eaglets also feature Eleanor and her brood.



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Date Posted: 7/13/2008 8:22 PM ET
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The best bio I've read of Eleanor is Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Biography by Marion Meade. My favorite yet.

Fiction: I have an unpostable copy of Eleanor The Queen by Nora Lofts free with any order from my shelf.

 



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Date Posted: 7/13/2008 9:44 PM ET
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I love Eleanor, and agree with "Time and Chance" - "When Christ and His Saints Slept" is a good background, but I think you can jump in without the first one (I did, actually)

I agree with Nora Lofts for fluffy history, Jean Plaidy is always good.  Marian Meade's book is very good (non-fiction) as is Alison Wier's. 

The one to stay away from is "The Book of Eleanor" by Pamela Kaufman. I was LIVID at that book.

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 11:34 PM ET
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Thanks to everyone for all your suggestions. When I'm done with the Tudors I plan to move on to Eleanor.  I'm new to PBS and I am totally hooked and loving it.

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 7:33 AM ET
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The one to stay away from is "The Book of Eleanor" by Pamela Kaufman. I was LIVID at that book.

I've not read Kaufman, but I have a couple of her books. Are they generally bad? I'd love an excuse to get rid of some of my books as I'll never read them all.

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 2:15 PM ET
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I've not read Kaufman, but I have a couple of her books. Are they generally bad? I'd love an excuse to get rid of some of my books as I'll never read them all.

I honestly don't know, Genie. After the horror that was "Book of Eleanor" I've steered far away. My biggest beef was a total rewriting of history and creation of a lover for Eleanor.  If she's that fast and loose with history on her other books, I'd get rid of them.  Maybe someone else can chime in?



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Date Posted: 7/14/2008 3:26 PM ET
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I have a couple of her books due to my obsession with Richard I, but have been repeatedly bumping them down the TBR due to less than stellar reviews in the forum.

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 4:31 PM ET
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I wouldn't read Kaufman for the history, but if you enjoy a fun and adventurous story, I'd recommend her book Shield of Three Lions. I haven't read the other two books in the series, but I definitely had fun with this one. Robin Hood even makes an appearance in the story! :-)

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 8:17 PM ET
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Thanks, guys! While I do like fun and adventurous, I need to weed. I have plenty of books that are fun, adventurous and historically accurate. :)

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 7:24 PM ET
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BTT for Cheryl.