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    DescriptionIt is the year 1152 and a beautiful woman of thirty, attended by only a small armed escort, is riding like the wind southwards through what is now France, leaving behind her crown, her two young daughters and a shattered marriage to Louis of France, who had been more like a monk than a king, and certainly not much of a lover. This woman is Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, and her sole purpose now is to return to her vast duchy and marry the man she loves, Henry Plantagenet, a man destined for greatness as King of England. Theirs is a union founded on lust which will create a great empire stretching from the wilds of Scotland to the Pyrenees. It will also create the devil's brood of Plantagenets - including Richard Cour de Lion and King John - and the most notoriously vicious marriage in history. The Captive Queen is a novel on the grand scale, an epic subject for Alison Weir. It tells of the making of nations, and of passionate conflicts: between Henry II and Thomas Becket, his closest friend who is murdered in Canterbury Cathedral on his orders; between Eleanor and Henry's formidable mother Matilda; between father and sons, as Henry's children take up arms against him; and finally between Henry and Eleanor herself.


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    Title
    The Captive Queen
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alison Weir
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 44 mm
    Weight: 798 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780091926212
    ISBN 10: 0091926211
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: FV
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    DC22: 823.92
    Ingram Subject Code: FH
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    Thema V1.0: FV
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    Hutchinson
    Publication date
    01 April 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Alison Weir lives and works in Surrey. Her books include Britain's Royal Families, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Children of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry VIII: King and Court, Mary, Queen of Scots, Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England, Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess and the novels, Innocent Traitor and The Lady Elizabeth.
    Review quote
    "Should be savored . . . Weir wastes no time captivating her audience."--"Seattle Post-Intelligencer""Stunning . . . As always, [Alison] Weir renders the bona fide plot twists of her heroine's life with all the mastery of a thriller author, marrying historical fact with licentious fiction."--"The Star Tribune""Engaging and dramatic . . . [Weir] laudably sticks to the historic facts while simultaneously using her imaginative gifts."--"The Star-Ledger" "The history itself is inherently dramatic, augmented here by Weir's usual lush detail, which stimulates." --"Booklist "