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Time and Chance - Eleanor of Aquitaine, Bk 2 Author:Sharon Kay Penman In When Christ and His Saints Slept, acclaimed historical novelist Sharon Kay Penman portrayed all the deceit, danger, and drama of Henry II's ascension to the throne. Now, in Time and Chance, she continues the ever-more-captivating tale. — It was medieval England's immortal marriage -- Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, bou... more »nd by passion and ambition, certain to leave a legacy of greatness. But while lust would divide them, it was friendship -- and ultimately faith -- that brought bloodshed into their midst. It began with Thomas Becket, Henry's closest confidant, and his elevation to be Archbishop of Canterbury. It ended with a perceived betrayal that made a royal murder seem inevitable. Along the way were enough scheming, seductions, and scandals to topple any kingdom but their own...
Only Sharon Kay Penman can re-create this truly tumultuous time -- and capture the couple who loved power as much as each other... and a man who loved God most of all.« less
Lisa M. reviewed Time and Chance (Eleanor of Aquitaine, Bk 2) on
Helpful Score: 3
A fabulous read. Intricate plot details, intelligent characterizations and accurate historical background makes the reader feel as though s/he were living in the time. As always, a top-notch book by one of the most intelligent writers alive. Highly recommended!
This is the follow up to "When Christ and his Saints Slept" and it's about the marriage of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. I'd always heard that their marriage was never a happy one; this book casts a different light on the story of this historical couple.
Not sure why this took me so long to get through. Though not of the same caliber as her "Wales trilogy" this is still pretty moving IF you can get into it. This is book 2 of the "Henry and Elenor" trilogy (sorry, I'm making these names up) and seems to read as a setup for what I hope to be an exciting finale Book 3.
This book is about Henry Plantagenet king of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, Eleanor's first husband King Louis VII of France, and Henry Becket, as well as a cast of characters both real and fictional. It's a romantic, tragic story of human nature, ego, love, loss, and the ebb and flow of relations between nations in the 1100s.
Though for me the book pales in the fact of historic fact, and for me the fictional characters and their doings get in the way, still Penman writes excellent historical fiction. She's skillful and powerful, builds and interprets her characters nicely, keeping more or less to the facts of the matters, and the story is a fascinating one.
Penman's Eleanor is as tempestuous, intelligent, politically canny, and gorgeous as was the Queen herself. Penman's Henry is Henry II, and Becket is drawn large. The book perhaps is too ambitious and ranges too widely, but the book has the excitement that readers of fiction hope for.