The Courts of Love (Queens of England, Bk 5)
The Courts of Love - Queens of England, Bk 5 Author:Jean Plaidy She was a bold adventurer who, while still a girl, traveled to the Holy Land on the Second Crusade. She married first the King of France, then the King of England... and bore them two sons, one of whom would become Richard the Lion-Hearted! This fifth installment in Plaidy's The Queen of England series features Eleanor of Aquitaine, star of The ... more »Lion in Winter.« less
DreamSE22 reviewed The Courts of Love (Queens of England, Bk 5) on
Helpful Score: 3
This book was very good in comparison to some of Plaidy's other novels. It was far better than In the Shadow of the Crown, which was the most recent novel by Plaidy that I have read. Although Plaidy is enjoyable, I have come to be spoiled by Philippa Gregory's historical fiction written about this era. Plaidy is much dry in comparison, and I felt that the book would have been better if one-third had been cut from it, specifically all the wishy-washy parts. There were a few slow parts that dragged on, but overall it was a good read. Thanks for sharing!
I've read several of Jean Plaidy's books; this one seemed to drag for me. I was a bit disappointed, because I have heard so much about the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine and I was looking forward to reading Plaidy's interpretation. The first half was definitely better...I found Eleanor's childhood and young adulthood experiences fascinating. However, the last third or so was more about her children. I found the style of the last third tiresome and somewhat rushed: "this happened, and this happened, and then that happened..." It was annoying, and by this point, I couldn't wait to get done with the book.
I could just not get into this one. I felt completely apathetic towards Eleanor and don't even care to see what happens to her... I'd sadly rather read about it in a textbook, since I found the personality Plaidy gave her to be rather horrid. So I have posted it and am moving on.
English history intrigues me so I greatly injoyed this book about Eleanor of Acquitaine, who lived in the 12 century during a fascinating period - when the Church was even more powerful than kings and when going off on crusades to save the Holy Land was considered the height of glory. Eleanor was a gutsy lady - way ahead of her time - who sounds like she would have done very well living in the 21st century instead of the 12th. But nevertheless she managed to make quite a mark for herself as it was - married to two kings (Louis VII of France and Henry II of England) and mother of two more (Richard the Lion-hearted and John.) She had nine children and had most of them taken away while they were very young to be raised elsewhere because their betrothals -and in some cases their weddings -took place purely for political reasons. Although this book was a novel, it was carefully researched (The bibliography alone took up two full pages)and appeared to stick pretty closely to the facts without a lot of embellishment. Which makes sense. The period itself was colorful enough and so was Eleanor's life. No need to make up plots and invent details when what really happened was so fascinating. [close]