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The Book of Eleanor : A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
The Book of Eleanor A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
Author: Pamela Kaufman
One of history’s greatest women, celebrated by her contemporaries, descendants, and biographers, comes to life in this mesmerizing novel by bestselling author Pamela Kaufman. — In 1137, fifteen-year-old Eleanor became Duchess of Aquitaine, a wealthy and powerful province in the South of France. Rich and influential in her own right, her tum...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780609808092
ISBN-10: 0609808095
Publication Date: 3/25/2003
Pages: 560
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  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 45 ratings
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed The Book of Eleanor : A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I really enjoyed reading about such an exceptional woman in history. I had never heard of Eleanor until PBS and this book makes me want to learn more about her and her family. Good historical content, but a little to cheesy on the romance side. Still a great read though.
reviewed The Book of Eleanor : A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoyed this. I've read a number of books with Eleanor as a main character, and this one has a genuinely different take on her. Well written, too.
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Helpful Score: 2
What an amazing woman... Eleanor of Aquitaine. If you love historical romance or just history, this is the book for you. A story of love, death, horror and the woman who left her mark on the world.
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Helpful Score: 2
Well written account of Eleanor of Aquitaine told in first person point of view.
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artsncrafts avatar reviewed The Book of Eleanor : A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine on + 52 more book reviews
This is an historical novel about Eleanor of Aquitaine, the famous Queen of France, then Queen of England, who died in 1204 after a tumultuous life that included 17 years of imprisonment. As Duchess of the highly coveted, rich lands known as the Aquitaine (now southern France,) she was beautiful, highly intelligent and schooled in the art of governance. She went on Crusade to the Holy Land with her first husband Louis of France, then served as Queen consort to Henry II of England, her second husband. She outlived both men and all her sons (including Richard the Lionheart) but one, John, all of whom she moved as chess pieces throughout the period from about 1137 to her death in 1204. A remarkable and unusual woman to say the least, she almost certainly broke ground for women rulers.

Though written as a novel, introducing some romantic story lines not confirmed by history, the author spent almost 15 years researching the scarce extant historical materials and traveling to the original geographic sites. So if you enjoy a fine story laced with true historical facts, you will enjoy this book about an incredible woman.
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Excellent book about the Crusades. Eleanor is a strong character who affects the history of France.
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Really great book.


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